U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter
U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter Reuters

The Islamic State jihadist group's second in command has been killed in a US raid in Syria, news reports said Friday.

Abd ar-Rahman Mustafa al-Qaduli was killed this month, The Daily Beast and NBC News quoted unnamed defense officials as saying.

Pentagon chief Ashton Carter was expected to confirm the killing at an upcoming news conference, they said.

If confirmed, Al-Qaduli's death would mark the most senior ISIS commander assassinated by US-led coalition forces.

Several other top level ISIS figures have also been killed by US airstrikes, most recently Omar al-Shishani, a Russian-speaking terrorist often referred to as the jihadist group's "defense minister."

AFP contributed to this report.

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