ISIS Second in Command Killed by US Airstrike, White House Says

Fadhil Ahmad al-Hayali was killed Tuesday, U.S. officials said.

Al-Hayali, also 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.

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 and said they believe that the person killed in December may have gone by a similar name, but was not in fact the ISIS number two.

ISIS is also known as ISIL or the Islamic State.

The number two terror leader was also a member of al-Qaeda in Iraq, a predecessor group to ISIS.

“Al-Hayali’s death will adversely impact ISIL’s operations given that his influence spanned ISIL’s finance, media, operations, and logistics,” Price said.

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