The second-in-command of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant group was killed during a US air strike in Iraq on Tuesday, according to the White House.
The US and its allies stage daily air strikes on ISIL targets in the group’s self-declared caliphate based in Iraq and Syria. A drone strike last month killed a senior leader in its Syrian stronghold of Raqqa. “Fadhil Ahmad al-Hayali, also known as Hajji Mutazz … was killed in a US military air strike on August 18 while travelling in a vehicle near Mosul, Iraq, along with an ISIL media operative known as Abu Abdullah,” Ned Price, White House spokesman, said in a statement. Read more