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The second-in-command to Islamic State terrorist leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and spokesperson for the terrorist organization – Abu al-Muhajir – has been also been killed.

Al-Muhajir was considered the likely successor to al-Baghdadi in the case of his death.

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US President Donald Trump officially confirmed al-Muhajir’s death in a tweet on Tuesday.

The terror spokesperson was killed overnight Monday in a US operation as he was being smuggled through the Syrian border in an oil tanker, according to a report by The New York Times.

The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights also confirmed al-Muhajir’s death, saying he was among five Islamic State terrorists who were killed in a US-led operation backed by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.