White House: No. 2 IS leader killed in US military strike

This picture released late Thursday, Aug. 20, 2015, by an Islamic State militant-affiliated website, shows the ancient Monastery of the Saint Eliane near the town of Qaryatain which IS captured in early August, in Homs province, Syria. A priest and activists say the Islamic State group has demolished an ancient monastery in central Syria. A Christian clergyman told The Associated Press in Damascus that IS militants also wrecked a church inside the monastery that dates back to the first Christian centuries. The priest, who spoke Friday on condition of anonymity for fear of reprisals, said the monastery included an Assyrian Catholic church. (Islamic State militant website via AP)

OAK BLUFFS, Mass. (AP) — The Obama administration says the No. 2 leader of the Islamic State militant group is dead, killed in a U.S. military air strike in Iraq earlier this week.

National Security Council spokesman Ned Price says Fadhil Ahmad al-Hayali was traveling in a vehicle near the northern Iraqi city of Mosul when he was killed Tuesday.

As the senior deputy to Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, al-Hayali was the primary coordinator for moving large amounts of weapons, explosives, vehicles and people between Iraq and Syria.

Price characterized Al-Hayali’s death as a blow to Islamic State operations because his influence spanned finance, media, operations and logistics for the group.

Also killed in the air strike was an Islamic State media operative known as Abu Abdullah.

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