Top Pentagon officials confirmed the operation Friday, but would not provide details. Defense Secretary Ash Carter and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford announced al-Qaduli’s death and the killing of the Islamic State’s “minister of war,” Tarkhan Batirashvili, a.k.a. Omar al-Shishani or “Omar the Chechen.”
“We are systematically eliminating ISIL’s cabinet,” Carter said, using the administration’s preferred term for the Islamic State.
Carter described Haji Imam as a senior ISIS leader serving as a finance minister and who also was responsible for some “external affairs and plots.”
“The removal of this ISIL leader will hamper the organizations ability to conduct operations both inside and outside of Iraq and Syria,” Carter said.