Islamic State deputy leader ‘killed in Iraq air strike’

by BBC News  |  published on May 14, 2015


The second-in-command of Islamic State (IS) has been killed in a US-led coalition air strike in northern Iraq, the Iraqi ministry of defence says.

Abdul Rahman Mustafa Mohammed, also known as Abu Alaa al-Afari, was at a mosque near Tal Afar that was targeted, spokesman Brig-Gen Tahsin Ibrahim said.

However, the US military later denied coalition planes had attacked a mosque.

In recent weeks, there were unconfirmed reports that Afari had taken temporary charge of IS operations.

Iraqi sources claimed IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi had been incapacitated as a result of an air strike in Iraq in March.

  • ijohnc1

    I am sure we will send Sharpton or Jackson as emissaries from the Muslim white house and chastise our military for killing one of the ISIS leaders.

  • Don

    Now isn’t that a shame. I wonder if King Obama will be attending his funeral?

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