The Pentagon said ISIS’ finance minister, Abd al-Rahman Mustafa al-Qaduli, the group’s No. 2 leader has been kille dby the US.
Abd al-Rahman Mustafa al-Qaduli, also known as Haji Imam or al-Afri, served as IS’s finance minister, and was killed this week by US military, US defence chief Ash Carter said here at a Pentagon briefing.
“We’ve taken out the leader who oversees the funding for ISIL’s operations, hurting their ability to pay fighters and hire recruits,” said Carter, adding that the US-led coalition was “systematically eliminating” IS’s cabinet.
Carter refused to offer details about the operation against al- Afri, whom many analysts consider the extremist group’s second-in- command.
Explaining the significance of this particular figure, Carter noted, “We’ve taken out the leader who oversees the funding for ISIL’s operations, hurting their ability to pay fighters and hire recruits.”
Meanwhile, Carter acknowledged that striking IS leadership was far from sufficient, noting that “leaders can be replaced