A senior Islamic State group leader in Iraq has been killed in a U.S.-led coalition airstrike, the Pentagon said Monday. Abu Wahib, chief military official of ISIS in Anbar province, was traveling in a vehicle when the strike hit last week, according to Peter Cook, the Pentagon spokesman.
He said Wahib’s death was a blow to the group’s leadership.
A senior US official said it was an American airstrike.
Cook said Wahib was a former member of al-Qaida in Iraq and has appeared in Islamic State execution videos.
“ISIL leadership has been hit hard by coalition efforts and this is another example of that,” he said, using another acronym for Isis.
“It is dangerous to be an Isil leader in Iraq and Syria nowadays.”
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.
Wahib started working with al-Qaida in Iraq before being detained by US forces in 2009. He was transferred to an Iraqi prison following the US withdrawal in 2011 and broke out in 2012.
Barack Obama will meet with his National Security Council on Tuesday morning to discuss US efforts to fight Islamic State militants, the White House said.
“The session is the latest in a series of NSC meetings in recent months convened at the White House and at key departments and agencies, including the CIA, the Department of State and the Department of Defense, on our campaign against the terrorist group,” it said in a statement.