Damascus: ISIS’ second-in-command was killed in a raid in Syria yesterday, it has been claimed.
Abd ar-Rahman Mustafa al-Qaduli is believed to have been killed in a US air strike, NBC News reported citing a senior U.S. official.
The commander, who goes by several aliases, is understood he was the number two to ISIS terror chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
US Defence Secretary Ashton Carter is expected to announce further details at a press conference at 14:30 GMT.
The news comes just weeks after ISIS’ red-bearded minister of war, Abu Omar al-Shishani, was killed by an American airstrike near the southern town of al-Shaddadi.
Al-Shishani was described by the US as “a battle-tested leader with experience who had led ISIL [ISIS] fighters in numerous engagements in Iraq and Syria”.
The attack also wiped out 12 other ISIS extremists, the Pentagon said.
As ISIS continues to lose territory and commanders in its Syrian and Iraqi strongholds, the terror group is increasingly looking towards creating Al Qaeda-style terror cells based in the West.
These cells are designed to carry out mass casualty terror attacks such as those in Brussels and Paris, despite ISIS’ dwindling ability to act as a de facto state in the Middle East.