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.