A senior ISIS operative & second in the terror groupâ€™s chain of command, Fadhil Ahmad al-Hayali, was killed in a U.S. military air strike Tuesday, the White House announced today.
Al-Hayali, moreover known as Hajji Mutazz, was traveling in a vehicle near Mosul, Iraq, along with another ISIS operative known as Abu Abdullah when they were hit by a missile fired from a U.S. military aircraft, officials said.
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U.S. officials had said in December that al-Hayali was one of three terrorists killed in a similar strike. Military officials acknowledged the error today & said they believe that the person killed in December may have gone by a similar name, yet was not in fact the ISIS number two.
Al-Hayali was a senior deputy to ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi & responsible for moving weapons, explosives & vehicles between ISIS fighters in Iraq & Syria, National Security Council spokesman Ned Price said in a statement today. Price described him as â€œinstrumental in planning operations over the past two years, including the ISIL offensive in Mosul in June 2014.â€
ISIS is moreover known as ISIL or the Islamic State.
The number two terror leader was moreover a member of al-Qaeda in Iraq, a predecessor group to ISIS.
â€œAl-Hayaliâ€™s death will adversely impact ISILâ€™s operations given that his influence spanned ISILâ€™s finance, media, operations, & logistics,â€ Price said.
One month ago today, the Pentagon announced it killed a senior terrorist leader inside Syria, Muhsin al-Fadhli. Also killed in an air strike while traveling in a vehicle, Fadhli was considered a senior member of the Khorasan group, a terror organization with strong links to the Nusra front, a branch of al-Qaeda that operates inside Syria & Lebanon.
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Source: “ABC News”