IS senior leader ‘killed in US raid in Syria’

By Ikenga Chronicles March 25, 2016

IS senior leader ‘killed in US raid in Syria’

The US has announced that it has killed a number of leading Islamic State (IS) militants in the past week, including the purported second-in-command.

Defence Secretary Ashton Carter said the deaths of Abdul Rahman Mustafa al-Qaduli and other members of the group’s “cabinet” would hamper its operations.

He gave no details about how Qaduli, an Iraqi also known as Hajji Iman, died.

However, NBC News earlier reported he was killed during a raid by US special forces in Syria on Thursday morning.

Defence officials said the troops landed in helicopters and lay in wait as Qaduli drove past them in a car.

 There was an attempt to capture Qaduli alive, but the situation escalated and the militant and three other people in the vehicle were killed, the officials said.
The US authorities had offered a reward of $7m (£5m) for information leading to the capture or death of Qaduli.

 

The ethnic Turkmen was born in 1957 or 1959 in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, which has been controlled by IS since 2014

He joined al-Qaeda in Iraq (AQI) – a precursor of IS – in 2004 under the leadership of the late Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, serving as his deputy and the local leader in Mosul, according to the US.

After his release from an Iraqi prison in early 2012, he joined IS forces in Syria.

Last year, some sources identified Qaduli as “Abu Alaa al-Afari”, who was said to have taken temporary charge of IS after its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was allegedly injured in an air strike.

Mr Carter also confirmed the death of the “minister of war” of IS earlier this month.

Tarkhan Batirashvili, a Georgian known as Omar Shishani, was the target of a US air strike in north-eastern Syria on 4 March, US officials say.

 

Credit: BBC News

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