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Key IS leader killed in US raid

 2016-03-26 04:14:12.0

Washington:�The Pentagon announced on Friday a senior Islamic State commander in Syria believed to be in line to lead the extremist group had been killed by 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. Meanwhile, Carter acknowledged that striking IS leadership was far from sufficient, noting that "leaders can be replaced." (IANS)

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