Defense Department News

Coalition Airstrike Kills ISIL Leader in Syria

Dec. 10, 2016

Coalition warplanes targeted and killed terrorist Boubaker al-Hakim in Raqqa, Syria, Nov. 26, Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook said in a Defense Department statement issued today.

Al-Hakim, a Tunisian, was an Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant leader and longtime terrorist with deep ties to French and Tunisian jihadist elements, Cook said in the statement.

The deceased terrorist is also suspected of involvement in the 2013 terror attacks against Tunisian political leadership, Cook added.

Al-Hakim’s death degrades ISIL's ability to conduct further attacks in the West and denies ISIL a veteran extremist with extensive ties, Cook said in the statement.

Cook said the coalition will continue to track and eliminate ISIL terrorists who threaten the United States and its allies.