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Islamic State's deputy leader killed in US airstrike

Fadhil Ahmad al-Hayali was second in command to Abu Bakr al-Baghidi
Fadhil Ahmad al-Hayali was second in command to Abu Bakr al-Baghidi

The deputy leader of the Islamic State militant group has been killed in a US military air strike in Iraq, a spokesman for the Obama administration said.

National Security Council spokesman Ned Price said Fadhil Ahmad al-Hayali was travelling in a vehicle near the northern Iraqi city of Mosul when he was killed on Tuesday.

As the senior deputy to Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, al-Hayali was the primary coordinator for moving large amounts of weapons, explosives, vehicles and people between Iraq and Syria.

Mr Price characterised Al-Hayali's death as a blow to Islamic State operations because his influence spanned finance, media, operations and logistics for the group.

Also killed in the air strike was an Islamic State media operative known as Abu Abdullah.