US air strikes kill Isis deputy leader

23 August 2015

Hajji Mutazz was in charge of operations in Iraq

  • Senior Isis official killed
  • US say deputy leader was a primary coordinator

The deputy leader of the jihadist group Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (Isis) has been killed by US air strikes, according to a statement released on on 21 August by the White House.

“Fadhil Ahmad al-Hayali, also known as Hajji Mutazz, was killed in a US military air strike on 18 August, while travelling in a vehicle near Mosul, Iraq, along with an [Isis] media operative known as Abu Abdullah,” White House spokesman Ned Price said in the statement.

Washington said Mutazz was a ‘primary coordinator’ for the group’s movement of weapons, vehicles and people between Iraq and Syria, and was in charge of operations in Iraq.

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