A spokesperson for ISIS confirmed yesterday that U.S. airstrikes killed ISIS’ #2 leader, Abu Mutaz al-Qurashi, on August 18th outside Mosul, Iraq.
“America is rejoicing over the killing of Abu Mutaz al-Qurashi and considers this a great victory.” said ISIS spokesperson Abu Mohamed al-Adnani.
The U.S. has long confirmed the killing but ISIS had yet to acknowledge it, until now.
From Ahram Online:
The Islamic State group’s spokesman confirmed on Tuesday the killing of the militant organisation’s second in command in a US air strike earlier this year.
“America is rejoicing over the killing of Abu Mutaz al-Qurashi and considers this a great victory,” Abu Mohamed al-Adnani said in an audio recording posted on militant websites.
The White House has said that Qurashi, also known as Fadhil Ahmad al-Hayali and Haji Mutaz, was killed on August 18 in a US air strike on a vehicle near the northern Iraqi city of Mosul.
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