U.S. Special Forces Kill ISIS's Second In Command
The Pentagon says that U.S. special forces have killed the man believed to be ISIS's second in command.
Defense Secretary Ashton Carter says they wanted to capture Abd Al-Rahman Mustafa Al-Qaduli alive, but something went wrong, forcing troops to open fire from their helicopters instead of bringing him in for questioning.
The troops were part of the Pentagon's "Covert Expeditionary Targeting Force" which was comprised of more than 200 soldiers that specifically target ISIS leaders.
Experts say Al-Qaduli's death is a huge loss for ISIS.
"We know that he was actively planning external attacks, presumably in the West or even in the United States," said Col. Steve Warren, Operation Inherent Resolve.
"The removal of this ISIL leader will hamper the organization's ability for them to conduct operations both inside and outside of Iraq and Syria," said Carter.
So far, there are few other details available about the mission to capture Al-Qaduli in order to protect intelligence agents operating in the Middle East.