Sources in the Pentagon have confirmed that the second-in-command of Islamic State (ISIS) has been killed in a US-led airstrike in Iraq, CNN reports Friday.
The official has been named as "Mutazz," a top deputy to ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Bagdadi believed to be the financial leader for the group as well. ISIS is believed to be the richest terror group worldwide.
Mutazz, who is known under a number of names, has been rumored to have been killed before – most recently, last year. However, one US official told the news outlet that the terrorist dead in that strike may have been misidentified.
A separate official said that in this case, the US operated using "actionable intelligence" – meaning that officials were aware of Mutazz's location before striking.
The strike was conducted on Mosul on August 18.
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