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Islamic State leader killed in Iraq's Anbar province

Published 09/05/2016

The pentagon described Abu Wahib as a leading figure in Islamic State
The pentagon described Abu Wahib as a leading figure in Islamic State

A top Islamic State leader in Iraq's Anbar province has been killed by a coalition air strike, according to the Pentagon.

Abu Wahib and three others were killed when their vehicle was struck on May 6 in Rutba, Pentagon press secretary Peter Cook said. He described Wahib's death as a blow to the group's leadership.

A senior US official said it was an American air strike.

Mr Cook says Wahib was a former member of al Qaida in Iraq and has appeared in Islamic State execution videos.

There have been unconfirmed reports in the past suggesting Wahib was targeted by strikes, but this is the first time the Pentagon has said he was killed.

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