ISIS militants parading across the city of Mosul. File photo
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Erbil, Iraqi Kurdistan – A U.S.-led airstrike in the Iraqi city of Mosul killed a prominent leader of the Islamic State militant group (IS/ISIL), Iraqi security sources reported on Friday.
Fadel al-Hiyali, also known as Abu Muslim al-Turkmani, was killed in an airstrike by the international coalition that targeted his car in the city of Mosul on Wednesday.
Al-Hiyali was considered the second man in the radical group after Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi –the alleged caliph of IS.
“An airstrike bombed al-Hayyali’s car in the Minassah street in Mosul city on Wednesday,” an Iraqi security source told ARA News on the condition of anonymity.
However, the U.S. Central Command hasn’t issued any statements regarding the death of al-Hayyali yet.
Fadel al-Hiyali (aka Abu Muslim al-Turkmani) was born in Tel Afar of Nineveh province. He was an army commander under Saddam Hussein. Al-Hiyali spent years in the Boca prison near Umm Qasr on charges of terrorism following the fall of the Saddam regime, and he joined the Islamic State after his release. Earlier reports suggested his death in Nov. 2014 during an airstrike, but he appeared later on in Mosul city surrounded by IS militants.
Reporting by: Raman Yousef
Source: ARA News