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Iraqi state-run TV says Islamic State's second-in-command killed in airstrike

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FILE - Syrian government forces stand next to Islamic State (IS) group graffiti in Deir Hafer on the eastern outskirts of Aleppo on March 30, 2017. © GEORGE OURFALIAN/AFP/Getty Images FILE - Syrian government forces stand next to Islamic State (IS) group graffiti in Deir Hafer on the eastern outskirts of Aleppo on March 30, 2017.

Ayad al-Jumaili, the man believed to be the deputy of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, has been killed in an air strike, Iraqi State TV said on Saturday, citing Iraq's military intelligence.

Jumaili was killed with other Islamic State commanders in a strike carried out by the Iraqi air force in the region of al-Qaim, near the border with Syria, the channel said, without giving the date of the raid.

The TV described Jumaili as Islamic State's "second-in-command" and "war minister."

The spokesman of the U.S.-led anti-Islamic State coalition couldn't immediately be reached for comments.

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