The Pentagon has just announced a significant win in the war against ISIS, confirming that a U.S. special operations force has killed the Islamic State’s #2 in command in a massive raid.
— ABC News (@ABC) March 25, 2016
Via Fox News:
A U.S. special operations team killed the Islamic State’s second-in-command in a pre-dawn raid early Thursday morning inside Syria, senior defense officials said Friday — as Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced the U.S. has taken out several key terrorists in recent days.
“We are systematically eliminating ISIL’s cabinet,” Carter said.Abd al-Rahman Mustafa al-Qaduli, also known as Abu Ala al-Afri, had a $7 million bounty on his head by the U.S. government. Carter, speaking alongside Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford, Jr., confirmed the death at a press conference Friday without going into the details of the operation.
Carter referred to the target by another nickname, Haji Imam, describing him as the ISIS finance minister. But the terror leader also was considered the man most likely to take over for ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, if he were captured or killed.
“The removal of this ISIL leader will hamper the organization’s ability to conduct operations both inside and outside of Iraq and Syria,” Carter said, describing the target as responsible for funding ISIS operations and involved in some external affairs and plots.
He said this was the second senior leader successfully targeted this month, in addition to the group’s “minister of war” Omar al-Shishani, or “Omar the Chechen,” killed in a recent U.S. airstrike.
This is clearly great news — and no doubt our commander in chief will point to this as proof he can
walk and chew gum tango and fight ISIS (ISIL, as his administration insists on calling it) at the same time.
The raid also reminds us of the tremendous power of our U.S. military — the greatest military on earth. Imagine what it could do if our military’s full power were unleashed on this enemy. If only our commander in chief would allow it…
[Note: This article was written by Michelle Jesse, Associate Editor]