ISIS number two killed in US raid in Syria

2016-03-25 17:45

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Washington - The Islamic State group's second in command has been killed in a US raid in Syria, in a major coup in the fight against the jihadists, news reports said on Friday.

Abd ar-Rahman Mustafa al-Qaduli was killed this month, The Daily Beast and NBC News quoted unnamed defence officials as saying.

Pentagon chief Ash Carter and chair of the Joint Chiefs Joseph Dunford were expected to confirm the killing at an upcoming news conference, they said.

The ISIS command structure remains secret and only several other individuals are on a US wanted list.

The killing, if confirmed, would be the second of a top ISIS commander in weeks.

Earlier this month, the Pentagon said a man known as "Omar the Chechen" was dead after suffering injuries in a US-led coalition strike in northeastern Syria.

The announcement appeared to clear up the fate of the notorious Omar al-Shishani, a week after a US official said the most-wanted militant had been targeted in a March 4 attack on the jihadist's convoy.

Shishani - the nom de guerre of Tarkhan Batirashvili - was one of the ISIS leaders most wanted by Washington, which put a $5m bounty on his head.

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