ISIS No. 2 killed in US special ops raid, officials say

by  |  published on March 25, 2016

A U.S. special operations team killed the Islamic State’s second-in-command in a pre-dawn raid early Thursday morning inside Syria, senior defense officials said Friday — as Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced the U.S. has taken out several key terrorists in recent days.

“We are systematically eliminating ISIL’s cabinet,” Carter said.

Abd al-Rahman Mustafa al-Qaduli, also known as Abu Ala al-Afri, had a $7 million bounty on his head by the U.S. government.

Carter, speaking alongside Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford, Jr., confirmed the death at a press conference Friday without going into the details of the operation.

Carter referred to the target by another nickname, Haji Imam, describing him as the ISIS finance minister. But the terror leader also was considered the man most likely to take over for ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, if he were captured or killed.

  • The Redhawk

    ONE rat bastid GONE and 300 in line to replace him…When will our balls-FREE CIC send the Message that the RULES of Engagement with the Appropriate TRUE Coalition NUMBERS of BOOTS on the Ground, Intelligence , and Air power are to °KILL THEM ALL° Fire First and Drive them to HELL!

  • Anthony

    #2 man killed why suck of a big deal, I am sure that growing as fast as have been they have a chain of command that one person does not a hole on anything, we need to hit them and clean them out by quantities, we are not trying to win a contest of who get the high in control, need to clean it out, carpet bomb, the hell out of them, sure it will kill some people that do belong to the group but they are helping the group, they are killing innocent people all over for no cause, while they are killing dozens we are killing one, destroy their oil fields so they will not have the money. to recruit and buy all they need.

    • I Seigel

      Yeah, let’s not even bother to try to kill their leadership – it’s all a waste. Put the labor and money into building a wall. And let’s opt out of the UN and NATO, too. While we’re at it, let’s mine our own harbors and close all the immigration points at our airports, too. Nobody gets in – or out.

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