The No. 2 leader of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant was killed in a U.S. military airstrike in Iraq earlier this week, the White House said Friday.
Ned Price, a spokesman for the White House National Security Council, said that Fadhil Ahmad al-Hayali was in a vehicle near Mosul, Iraq, when he was killed Tuesday.
As the senior deputy to ISIL leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, Al-Hayali was the coordinator for moving weapons, explosives, vehicles and people between Iraq and Syria.
Also killed in the strike was a media operative known as Abu Abdullah.
Price called Al-Hayali’s death a blow to ISIL because his influence spanned finance, operations and logistics.