United States Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter announced Friday that the U.S. military killed top Islamic State commander Abd al-Rahman Mustafa al-Qaduli this week, as part of a series of actions targeting Islamic State leadership.
Defense Secretary Ash Carter says the U.S. military killed ISIS senior leader Abd al-Rahman Mustafa al-Qaduli.https://t.co/YCefiALaQq
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Al-Qaduli, who was also known as Haji Iman, was widely reported as second in command in the Islamic State organization, and was the group’s finance minister.
Abdul Rahman Mustafa al-Qaduli, IS no.2, said to have been killed by US. Important strategic commander and likely heir to No.1
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“Leaders can be replaced, however, these leaders have been around for a long time,” Carter said.
“They are senior. They’re experienced. So eliminating them is an important objective and achieves an important result,” he added.
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In addition to the death of al-Qaduli, the Pentagon confirmed the killing of another top leader, Omar al-Shishani, in an earlier operation.
Carter declined to provide further details about the operations.
It is not the first time that al-Qaduli, who uses several aliases has been announced dead. He was reported killed in Iraq last year.