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Release No. NR-435-16 December 10, 2016

Statement by Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook on Coalition Strike against Boubaker al-Hakim

Coalition warplanes targeted and killed Tunisian Boubaker al-Hakim, in Raqqa, Syria, Nov. 26. Al-Hakim was an ISIL leader and longtime terrorist with deep ties to French and Tunisian Jihadist elements. He is also suspected of involvement in the 2013 terror attacks against Tunisian political leadership. His removal degrades ISIL's ability to conduct further attacks in the West and denies ISIL a veteran extremist with extensive ties. The Coalition will continue to track and eliminate ISIL terrorists who threaten us and our allies.



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