BREAKING: Top ISIS commander killed in Iraq
Pentagon confirms ISIS leader Abu Wahib killed in coalition airstrike in Iraq.
By Ben Ariel
A top Islamic State (ISIS) leader in Iraq’s Anbar province has been killed by a coalition airstrike, the Pentagon said Monday, according to a report inCBS News.
Pentagon press secretary Peter Cook said the man, Abu Wahib, was killed along with three others when their vehicle was struck on May 6 in Rutba.
Cook added that Wahib’s death is a blow to the group’s leadership, adding he was a former member of Al-Qaeda in Iraq and has appeared in ISIS execution videos.
A senior U.S. official who spoke on condition of anonymity said the airstrike in question was an American airstrike.
There had been unconfirmed reports in the past suggesting Wahib was targeted by strikes, but Monday marked the first time the Pentagon said he was killed, according to CBS News.
The airstrike is the latest in several recent such attacks targeting ISIS officials.
A drone strike last month near ISIS’s de facto capital in Syria, Raqa, killed Abu al-Hija, a jihadist commander
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