September 18, 2021

Top Islamic State Commander Killed, Pentagon Official Says

Top Islamic State commander killed, Pentagon official says

A top Islamic State commander named Haji Imam was killed during an operation earlier this month, a senior U.S. defense official said Friday. The official said that Secretary of Defense Ashton B. Carter and Gen. Joseph Dunford would make the announcement during a press briefing Friday morning.

Imam was a holdover from the Islamic State’s earlier iteration of al-Qaeda in Iraq and served under Abu Musab al-Zarqawi before joining the Islamic State, according to the Treasury Department, which includes him on its list of Specially Designated Global Terrorists. His full name is Abd Al-Rahman Mustafa Al-Qaduli, according to Treasury.

Earlier this month, the Islamic State’s “emir of war” Abu Omar al-Shishani, also known as Omar the Chechen, was killed after a U.S. airstrike in northeastern Syria.

Source: The Washington Post