IS rocket expert Khadijah killed in drone strike -coalition spokesman
U.S.-led forces targeted Islamic State militants with 16 air strikes in Iraq

BAGHDAD:  Jasim Khadijah, an Islamic State member believed to be responsible for a deadly attack by militants on U.S. troops in northern Iraq, has been killed in a drone strike, a spokesman of the anti-IS coalition said in Baghdad on Sunday.

“He was a rocket expert, he was controlling these attacks,” the spokesman, U.S. Army Colonel Steve Warren, told reporters, referring to the shelling last month of a base used by U.S. troops in northern Iraq in which a U.S. Marine was killed and several others were wounded.

It was the second death of a U.S. service member in combat since the United States first struck the militant group in 2014.

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