Media reports earlier this month had said that Drugeon was killed, and cited anonymous U.S. defense officials. But Tuesday marks the first time that the United States confirmed the death. A U.S. official told The Washington Post last year that Drugeon, a former French military officer, was in a vehicle in Syria hit by an airstrike, but it was not clear at the time if he was killed.
Turkmani was an “administrative emir” in the Islamic State, the Pentagon said. He was previously a member of Al-Qaeda in Iraq and a close associate of several other senior Islamic State leaders around the Iraqi cities of Mosul and Tal Afar.