Pentagon confirms death of ISIS finance minister in recent airstrike


ARA News 

ERBIL – The Islamic State’s (ISIS) finance minister was killed in a recent airstrike by the U.S.-led coalition, the Pentagon confirmed on Thursday.

Abu Saleh, known for his senior position in the ranks of the radical group as finance minister, was killed in an airstrike in northern Iraq two weeks ago. 

Pentagon spokesman Colonel Steve Warren confirmed in a statement on Thursday the death of Abu Saleh and two other senior militants of ISIS in the recent U.S.-led airstrikes in Iraq. 

Warren described Abu Saleh as “one of the most senior and experienced members” of ISIS’s financial network. 

He added that another senior ISIS leader, who coordinated the group’s extortion efforts, was killed at the end of November.

Warren also confirmed the death of a third prominent member of ISIS “who coordinated the transfer of information, people and weapons”.  

“Their removal will degrade ISIL’s ability to command and control troops, and it disrupts their ability to finance their efforts,” Warren said, using another acronym for ISIS.

Reporting by: Eyaz Ciziri 

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