Islamic State deputy leader killed in U.S. airstrike

The second-in-command of the Islamic State (ISIS) group, Fadhil Ahmad al-Hayali, who was also known as Hajji Mutazz, has been killed in a U.S. airstrike in northern Iraq, the White House announced on Friday.

Al-Hayali was killed on Tuesday when the U.S. military carried out an airstrike on a vehicle near Mosul. An ISIS media operative known as Abu Abdullah was also killed in the strike. Al-Hayali's death marks the most high-profile killing yet in the fight against the Islamic State, which has seized territory in Syria, Iraq and Libya.

"Al-Hayali’s death will adversely impact ISIL’s operations given that his influence spanned ISIL’s finance, media, operations, and logistics," said Ned Price, a spokesman for the White House National Security Council. "The United States and its coalition partners are determined to degrade and destroy this terrorist group which has wrought so much harm and suffering on the people of the region and beyond."

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