Islamic State’s second in command, Fadhil Ahmad al-Hayali, has just been killed in a US airstrike.
According to the White House, Fadhil Ahmad al-Hayali was killed in a strike near the Iraqi city of Mosul on Tuesday. Hayali was said to be a ‘senior deputy’ of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
He had reportedly been involved in the offensive that led ISIS to capture Mosul last summer and was allegedly involved in moving large numbers of weapons and supplies and people between the organization’s strongholds in Iraq and Syria.
National Security Council spokesman Ned Price said that the militant was involved in the terrorist group’s ‘finance, media, operations, and logistics,’ according to the Wall Street Journal.
ISIS media operative Abu Abdullah is also thought to have died in the airstrike.