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Pentagon Says High-Ranking Islamic State Commander Killed By U.S. Military

U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter announced that the U.S. military has killed Islamic State commander Abd al-Rahman Mustafa al-Qaduli.

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.

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.

“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.

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.

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