ISIS leader killed

(NBC News) U.S. Officials say they’ve eliminated the ISIS terror network’s second-in-command and finance chief, a man known as Haji Immam.

"We’ve taken out the leader who oversees the funding for ISIL’s operations, hurting their ability to pay fighters and hire recruits," Secretary of Defense Ash Carter said Friday.

A strike earlier this month claimed the life of the group’s war minister, known as "Omar the Chechen".

"These leaders have been around for a long time. They are senior. They’re experienced. And so eliminating them is an important objective," Carter said.

U.S. and coalition forces say they’re hacking away at the ISIS core in Iraq and Syria, neutralizing its ability export violence like this week’s Brussels bombings and November’s attack in Paris.

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