United States Monday confirmed that airstrikes in Northern Iraq killed an Islamic State militant suspected to be involved in U.S. consulate attack in Bengahzi, Libya. That attack claimed lives of four Americans including Ambassador Christopher Stevens.
Pentagon Spokesman Col. Steve Warren, confirmed the June 15th U.S. airstrike in Mosul killed Ali Awni al-Harzi, who is believed to work with extremists loyal to Islamic State group in North Africa and the Middle East.
Col. Steve Warren said the death of Ali Awni al-Harzi degrades ISIL’s capability to assimilate North African jihadists into the Syrian faction.
U.S. State Department in cooperation with united Nation earlier this year had designated al-Harzi as a terrorist in their terror watch list.
Ali Awni al-Harzi is reported to have joined Ansar al-Sharia in Tunisia in 2011 where he was involved in recruitment of terror fighters facilitating their travel in Tunisia and Syria. The militant was also involved in massive smuggling of weapons into Tunisia.