Al-Hayali | ISIS ‘Deputy Leader’ Killed In US Air Strike

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A deputy leader of Islamic State (IS), Fadhil Ahmad al-Hayali, has been killed in a US military strike in northern Iraq, the White House says.

Hayali, also known as Hajji Mutazz, is described by US officials as the second in command of the group.

They said he was killed in an attack on his car in Mosul on Tuesday, and that his death would damage IS operations.

A number of IS leaders have been killed by US-led air coalition strikes in both Iraq and Syria in recent months.

Hayali was a primary co-ordinator for moving large amounts of weapons, explosives, vehicles and people between Iraq and Syria, the US National Security Council’s Ned Price said in a statement.

He is described as “the senior deputy” to IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who was reportedly seriously injured in another air strike by the US-led coalition in March this year.

A second IS member who co-ordinated media, known as Abu Abdullah, was killed in the same air strike as Hayali.

Credit: BBC

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