BREAKING: Officials Confirm That Top ISIS Leader Killed in U.S. Airstrike

US officials are confirming that a top ISIS commander was killed by a US airstrike in Mosul earlier this week.

This top aide to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was killed in a coalition airstrike on Tuesday.

Fadhil Ahmad al-Hayali, also known as Abu Muslim al-Turkomani, a former colonel in Saddam Hussein’s intelligence directorate, was killed in a targeted airstrike on Tuesday. Pictures circulating on social media purportedly showed the body of al-Hayali.

NSC spokesperson Ned Price confirmed al-Hayali’s death in a statement Friday. ISIS has not commented on the reports.

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Also on Friday, a senior U.S. military officer said preliminary tests also show traces of the chemical agent sulfur mustard on mortars that Islamic State of Iraq and Syria militants used to attack Kurdish forces in Iraq.

U.S. Brig. Gen. Kevin Killea, chief of staff for the military operations in Iraq and Syria, says the field testing is not conclusive, so final tests are underway to get the full make-up of the chemicals on the fragments.

Another one bites the dust.

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