New Delhi: The pentagon on Friday announced that it has killed ISIS finance minister Abd al-Rahman Mustafa al-Qaduli (as reported by CNN). Abd al-Rahman Mustafa al-Qaduli was considered second in command after ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi
The operation aimed at capturing him alive but something happened at the last moment and the special operations forces decided to fire on the vehicle in which was used to transport Abd al-Rahman Mustafa al-Qaduli. However, the glitch in the operation was not revealed by US.
Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced the death at a news conference Friday morning. “We are systematically eliminating ISIL’s cabinet,” Carter said, adding it was “the second senior ISIL leader we’ve successfully targeted this month.” reported CNN
Explaining the significance of this particular figure, Carter noted, “We’ve taken out the leader who oversees the funding for ISIL’s operations, hurting their ability to pay fighters and hire recruits.”
Al-Qaduli is also believed to go by the name Abu Alaa al-Afri, but it is not confirmed that they are the same person. Al-Afri is reputed to have been a physics teacher and a favorite of al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.