Abu Anas al-Iraqi – the terror group’s alleged finance chief – was taken out by the US Expeditionary Targeting Force (ETF) around 30 miles outside the eastern Syrian city of Deir Ezzor.
Described by the unnamed official as a “top ISIS emir”, al-Iraqi was killed along with another militant as Obama’s mission to destroy the terror cult records another victory as the President prepares to leave office.
The two men, travelling in the back of a truck, reportedly began firing at US helicopters which was tailing them outside Dayr az Zawr, according to ABC News.
The choppers fired back, destroying the vehicle and killing both militants.
The official said the US-led special operations raid was made up of troops from various nations of the anti-ISIS coalition.
The US government has not officially confirmed the kills, but Pentagon spokesman Capt. Jeff Davis confirmed a “routine” US special operations raid by the ETF had been carried out in Dayr az Zawr, Syria, and it had been “successful”.
US forces are hoping to follow up the killing of al Iraqi by taking out the terror group’s chief, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
Al-Baghdadi is rumoured to be in hiding in the besieged city of Mosul, where Iraqi government forces and a US-led coalition are trying to retake control of Iraq’s second-largest city.
Outgoing President Obama used his final national address last night to promise that the barbaric terror cell, known as ISIL in the US, will be defeated.
Speaking in Chicago, he said: “The global coalition we’re leading against ISIL has taken out their leaders, and taken away about half their territory.
“ISIL will be destroyed, and no one who threatens America will ever be safe.”
He added: “So let’s be vigilant, but not afraid. ISIL will try to kill innocent people.
“But they cannot defeat America unless we betray our Constitution and our principles in the fight.”