White House Says ISIS Second In Command Killed By US Air Strike

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Abu Muslim al-Turkmani was killed near Mosul on August 18


ISIS militants have confirmed the death of their second in command at the hands of the Americans.

According to the White House he was killed in a US air strike on August 18 near Mosul. Jihadi websites have confirmed his death and praised the man who went from being an Iraqi officer under Saddam to an ISIS Commander in modern Iraq. 

The Daily Mirror reports:

Abu Muslim al-Turkmani, also known as Haji Mutaz and Abu Mutaz al-Qurashi, was blown up in an attack near Mosul on August 18, according to the White House.

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Today Islamic State’s spokesman appeared to confirm his death.

In an audio recording posted on jihadist websites, Abu Mohamed al-Adnani said: “America is rejoicing over the killing of Abu Mutaz al-Qurashi and considers this a great victory.”

The White House said that Qurashi, also known as Fadhil Ahmad al-Hayali, died following a strike on a vehicle in the northern Iraqi city.

Turkmani was one of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s inner circle.

The terrorist is a former general and military intelligence officer under Saddam Hussein who provided Islamic State fighters with training and direction.