US Secretary of State John Kerry (L) meets with Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu during the NATO Foreign Minister's Meeting in Antalya on May 13, 2015. AFP PHOTO / POOL / JOSHUA ROBERTS
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Iraq's Defense Ministry said Wednesday the second most senior member of ISIS had been killed in a coalition airstrike on a mosque where he was meeting with other militants in the north of the country.Abu Alaa al-Afari, whose real name is Abdul-Rahman Mustafa Mohammad, is an ethnic Turkmen from the town of Tal Afar in northwestern Iraq, and is thought to be second in command of ISIS after self-proclaimed ISIS caliph, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.The Pentagon in Washington has denied those reports, saying Baghdadi remains capable of directing operations and was not wounded in any strike.The fighting killed at least 28 government troops and about 20 ISIS militants, according to the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
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