The White House has released a statement saying it has killed a senior leader of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).

Friday's statement said Fadhil Ahmad al-Hayali was killed in an airstrike on August 18.

Hayali, also known as Hajji Mutazz, was said to be ISIL's main man for moving large amounts of weapons, explosives and vehicles between Iraq and Syria.

His death has raised questions about the stability of the ISIL command centre.

It has also called into question the effectiveness of the US-led coalition against ISIL, which started in August 2014. Since then, the coalition has launched more than 6,000 airstrikes in Iraq and Syria.

And the US defence department says it has spent about $3.5bn on operations related to ISIL.

So after costing nearly $10m a day, is Operation Inherent Resolve working?

Presenter: Mike Hanna


In Beirut, Elias Hanna, retired Lebanese army general and military analyst.

In Tel Aviv, Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi, fellow at the Middle East Forum and specialist on armed groups in the Levant.

In Washington, Richard Weitz, senior fellow and director of the Center for Political-Military Analysis at the Hudson Institute.


Source: Al Jazeera