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ISIS Fighter Who Plotted Tunisia Beach Massacre Is Killed

| by Sean Kelly
The aftermath of an airstrike on a reported ISIS hubThe aftermath of an airstrike on a reported ISIS hub

The terrorist behind the 2015 Tunisia Beach massacre was reportedly killed in a U.S. airstrike last week, along with at least 40 other ISIS militants at a training camp in Libya.

The U.S.-led strike targeted senior militant Noureddine Chouchane, who was suspected of overseeing the attacks on Tunisia. He is believed to have been killed in the strike. 

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U.S. officials told The Washington Post that the strike did not signal the beginning of a continuous, large scale campaign against the Islamic State.

"We’re going to continue to look at this and ways we may want to increase the tempo going forward," a senior defense official said. "Those are discussions that are ongoing, and they will continue to be had for some time.”

Jim Windass, whose wife was shot and killed during the Tunisia Beach massacre that killed 30 people, said it was "good" that Chouchane died:

We are at war with these people. It’s not just one crazy gunman, it’s a whole society we are fighting against. It’s a bloody awful thing to have happened, to sit next to your wife and watch her shot through the head. It was the most unsuspecting place, sat on a beach in your swim wear on holiday. It’s the last place you expect anything to happen like it did, but there is nothing I can do about it. I’ve got to be pragmatic about it, otherwise I would end up in the loony bin.

Sources: Washington Post, Daily Mail / Photo credit: Daily Mail