- The Washington Times - Friday, March 25, 2016

Haji Imam, a senior official with the Islamic State terror group, was reportedly killed earlier this month during a raid in Syria, defense officials told reporters on Friday.

Known also as Abd ar-Rahman Mustafa al-Qaduli, U.S. officials described the militant as the Islamic State’s second-in-command, the Daily Beast reported on Friday, citing Department of Defense sources.

Defense Secretary Ashton Carter and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Gen. Joseph Dunford are expected to confirm Imam’s death during a Friday morning press conference scheduled for 10:30 a.m. ET.

Last May, the U.S. Department of State offered a $7 million reward for information regarding Imam. He was described at the time as a senior leader with the terror group also known as ISIS and ISIL, and had allegedly rejoined the group after being released from prison in 2012.

In 2014, the State Department designated Imam as a “Specially Designated Global Terrorist.”

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