Islamic State’ deputy leader killed in US air strike

U.S Air Force

The deputy leader of the so-called Islamic State militant group has been killed in a US military air strike in Iraq, a spokesman for the Obama administration said.

National Security Council spokesman Ned Price said Fadhil Ahmad al-Hayali were travelling in a vehicle near the northern Iraqi city of Mosul when he was killed on Tuesday.

As the senior deputy to the so-called Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, al-Hayali was the primary coordinator for moving large amounts of weapons, explosives, vehicles and people between Iraq and Syria.

Mr Price characterised Al-Hayali’s death as a blow to the so-called Islamic State’s operations because his influence spanned finance, media, operations and logistics for the group.

Also killed in the air strike was a so-called Islamic State media operative known as Abu Abdullah.

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