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Iraq claims ISIL number 2 killed in airstrike

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By Euronews
Iraq claims ISIL number 2 killed in airstrike

<p>The deputy leader of <span class="caps">ISIS</span> has been killed in a coalition airstrike according to Iraq’s Defence Ministry.</p> <p>Abu Alaa al-Afari was said to meeting with other militants in the north of the country at the time of the strike.</p> <p>The defence ministry posted images on its website showing the airstrike in the village of al-Iyadhiya near Tel Afar.</p> <p>The Pentagon said it was aware of the reports but could not confirm them.</p> <p>Afari is thought to be <span class="caps">ISIL</span>’s second in command after self-proclaimed caliph al-Baghdadi who was reportedly incapacitated by a coalition airstrike in the same part of Iraq. Afari was tipped to take over the leadership of the extremist organisation.</p>