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A top ISIS commander likely killed, U.S. official confirms

WASHINGTON - A senior Islamic State commander was targeted and likely killed in a U.S. operation, a U.S. official told Reuters on Friday, speaking on condition of anonymity.

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An Islamic State flag flies over the custom office of Syria's Jarablus border gate as it is pictured from the Turkish town of Karkamis, in Gaziantep province, Turkey August 1, 2015. REUTERS/Murad Sezer

WASHINGTON - A senior Islamic State commander was targeted and likely killed in a U.S. operation, a U.S. official told Reuters on Friday, speaking on condition of anonymity.

News of the operation comes just ahead of a Pentagon briefing scheduled for 10:45 a.m.. Defense Secretary Ash Carter is expected to make the announcement at the briefing, according to U.S. media reports.

Abd ar-Rahman Mustafa al-Qaduli, the militant group's second-in-command, was killed in a raid in Syria on Thursday, Fox News reported.

The commander, who went by several aliases and was a senior religious leader within the militant group, is believed to have been killed in a U.S. air strike, U.S. media outlets said.

Carter is also expected to discuss the death of another top Islamic State leader, senior operative Abu Omar al-Shishani, in another recent strike, Fox News said.

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A news agency that supports Islamic State has denied that al-Shishani, also known as the Chechen, had been killed or wounded.

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