ISIS finance minister, other leaders killed in airstrikes

ISIS finance minister, other leaders killed in airstrikes
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The finance minister and two other senior leaders of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS or ISIL) were killed in airstrikes in Iraq in late November, the Pentagon confirmed Thursday.

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“Their removal will degrade ISIL’s ability to command and control troops, and it disrupts their ability to finance their efforts,” said Army Col. Steve Warren, spokesman for Operation Inherent Resolve. “These strikes are an example of how we’re able to decimate networks.”

One of the leaders killed was Abu Saleh, head of ISIS finances. Warren described him as one of the most senior and experienced members of ISIS, as well as a former al Qaeda member.

Also killed were a senior ISIS enforcer and extortionist and a senior leader who coordinated the transfer of people, information and weapons for ISIS.

All three were killed in airstrikes in the Iraqi city of Tal Afar, Warren said.