Senior ISIS leader killed in airstrike near Raqqa

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A senior ISIS leader -- thought to be the terror groups number three member -- was killed earlier this month in a precision strike near the Syrian city of Raqqa, a U.S. official told Fox News.

Dr. Wa’il -- known as Wa’il Adil Hasan Salman al-Fayad -- was the minister of information for the militants and a member of its leadership group. The statement said he was in charge of terror propaganda videos that showed executions.

The U.S. official told Fox News that he would frequently meet with the terror group’s leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

The report of Wa’il’s death on Sept. 7 came days after the killing of another senior leader, Abu Muhammad al-Adnani. Wa’il was apparently a close associate of Adnani.

“We will continue to work with our coalition partners to build momentum in the campaign to deal ISIL a lasting defeat,” the statement said.