Key ISIS Leader Killed U.S.-led Coalition Airstrike in Iraq

Pentagon press secretary says Abu Wahib and three others were killed when their vehicle was struck on May 6 in Anbar province, dealing a blow to the group's leadership.

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Iraqi police forces stand in front of armored vehicles during a visit of an Iraqi army Staff Lieutenant in the Anbar province, on May 9, 2016, ahead of a military operation against the Islamic State.
Iraqi police forces stand in front of armored vehicles during a visit of an Iraqi army officer in the Anbar province, on May 9, 2016, ahead of a military operation against the Islamic State.Credit: Moadh al-Dulaimi/AFP
Lolita C. Baldor

AP - The Pentagon says a top Islamic State leader in Iraq's Anbar province has been killed by a coalition airstrike.

Pentagon press secretary Peter Cook says Abu Wahib and three others were killed when their vehicle was struck on May 6 in Rutba. He says Wahib's death is a blow to the group's leadership.

A senior U.S. official said it was an American airstrike. The official was not authorized to discuss the matter publicly, so spoke on condition of anonymity.

Cook says Wahib was a former member of Al-Qaida in Iraq and has appeared in Islamic State execution videos. There have been unconfirmed reports in the past suggesting Wahib was targeted by strikes, but this is the first time the Pentagon has said he was killed.

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