The united States military today revealed that ISIS second in command was killed in a major strike against the terrorist group earlier this week.
Abd al-Rahman Mustafa al-Qaduli, better know as Haji Imam and considered to be the deputy of ISIS leader Omar al-Baghdadi was killed by special forces. According to CNN reports. US special forces had launched an operation to try and capture him alive but ended up in a gun fight with Isis fighters that resulted in him being shot and killed.
The former physics teacher was designated as a global terrorist by the US in 2014 and the following year it offered a reward of $7m for information about him that led to his arrest or capture.
"We are steadily eliminating Isil's cabinet," said Mr Carter, using another acronym for Isis. He said seveal senior figures within the group had been killed, among them Haji Imam, whom he said acted as the Islamists' finance minister and also overseen some external plots. "He was a well-known terrorist within Isil dating back to its original iteration as Al-Qaeda in Iraq."
The senior military official refused to say whether the Isis leader had been killed by a drone strike or else by US Special Forces on the ground. He said that to divulge such details would undermine the ongoing efforts against the Islamists.
Mr Carter also confirmed the killing of Isis’s “minister of war” in a strike earlier this month. Tarkhan Batirashvili, better known as Omar al-Shishani or “Omar the Chechen,” was lethally wounded by an airstrike. The fighter, a Syrian-based Georgian national, was reported to have been killed near the Syrian town of al-Shadad.