U.S. airstrike kills top ISIS leader in Iraq

Tuesday, 10 May 2016 - 9:06


Pentagon has announced that a top ISIS leader, Abu Wahib, was killed in a U.S. airstrike in Iraq last week.

Pentagon press secretary Peter Cook has told foreign media that Abu Wahib and three others were killed when their vehicle was struck on May 6 in Rutba. He says Wahib's death is a blow to the group's leadership.

Cook added that Wahib was 'a former member of Al-Qaeda in Iraq who has appeared in ISIL execution videos'.

'We view him as a significant leader in ISIL leadership overall, not just in Anbar Province,' he added. 'Removing him from the battlefield will be a significant step forward.'

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