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White House: No. 2 ISIS Leader Killed in US Military Strike

This undated file image posted on a militant website on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014, which has been verified and is consistent with other AP reporting, shows fighters from the al-Qaida linked ISIL marching in Raqqa, Syria. MILITANT WEBSITE

OAK BLUFFS, Massachusetts -- The Obama administration says the No. 2 leader of the Islamic State militant group was killed in a U.S. military air strike in Iraq earlier this week.

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

Price characterized 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.

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