Islamic State Leader In Iraq Killed By Airstrike Says Pentagon

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A prominent figure within so-called Islamic State in Iraq has been reported dead by officials from the Pentagon.

As reported by the BBC, Abu Waheeb was killed following a coalition air strike on Friday.

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Waheeb – a former member of Al Qaeda before joining Daesh – died while travelling by vehicle near the town of Rutba, Anbar province.

Spokesman Peter Cook said:

It is dangerous to be an Isil leader in Iraq and Syria nowadays.

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The Pentagon confirmed three other militants also died as a result of the raid.

Waheeb achieved notoriety with the terrorist group after escaping U.S. custody in 2012 and killing Syrian truck drivers who were travelling through Iraq.

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He has also been ‘falsely declared dead’ on previous occasions, according to the BBC.

The man born in 1986 was a rising figure within the militant group’s leadership and his death is sure to be considered a blow to their operations by coalition forces.


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