- A French ISIS terrorist has been targeted in coalition airstrikes in Mosul, Iraq
- Rachid Kassim’s death was not confirmed by Pentagon officials on Friday
- A high-ranking counter terror official said his death in the blasts is probable
- He tried to launch a career in rap music before inspiring terror attacks in France
A failed French rapper who became one of the most wanted ISIS terrorists has been targeted in a coalition air strike near the Iraqi city of Mosul, with one high ranking counter terrorism official claiming his death in the blasts is highly probable.
Jihadist Rachid Kassim, who is suspected of inspiring several attacks in France, was a primary focus of the raids over the past three days, the Pentagon said on Friday.
‘We can confirm that coalition forces targeted Rashid Kassim, a senior ISIS operative, near Mosul in a strike in the past 72 hours,’ said Pentagon spokesman Major Adrian J.T. Rankine-Galloway.
Jihadist Rachid Kassim, who is suspected of inspiring several attacks in France, has been targeted in strikes him over the past three days
‘We are currently assessing the results of that strike and will provide more information when it becomes available.’
In Paris, a high-ranking official involved in counterterror operations, who wished to remain anonymous said there was not ‘absolute confirmation’ of his death, but that the probability was high.
Earlier in the day, several French media reports had reported Kassim’s death.
Kassim, who is in his 30s and originally from Roanne in the Loire Valley, is believed to have inspired an attack last year in which a senior French policeman and his partner were knifed to death and another in which Jacques Hamel, an elderly priest, had his throat cut.
Kassim, seen here in Iraq, is thought to have inspired an attack last year in which a senior French policeman and his partner were knifed to death and another in which an elderly priest’s throat was cut
Dressed in fatigues with a turban on his head, the black-bearded Kassim was seen in July in an ISIS propaganda video in which he praised the attacker in the Nice truck massacre that killed 86 people on the July 14 Bastille Day holiday.
The failed rapper of Algerian descent, who is also known as Ibn Qassim, gave a startling interview to Washington-based academic Amarnath Amarasingam in November last year.
The militant claimed beheading ISIS prisoners was ‘a pleasure’ and said the saddest thing about fleeing France for Syria was leaving his pet cat behind.
He stated: ‘To behead an animal, it would be difficult, with enemies of Allah, it is a pleasure.’
French priest Father Jacques Hamel was murdered in an attack on his Catholic church in a Normandy town after two teenager Jihadists slit his throat in church
He revealed that he fled France after being placed under constant surveillance because of his radical views, leaving in the middle of the night with 1,500 Euros in his pocket…