BAGHDAD (Reuters) - The Islamic State militant in charge of the group's oil operations in Iraq and Syria was killed on Thursday in a joint operation between the Iraqi Kurdish and U.S. Special forces, the Kurdistan Region Security Council said in a statement.
Sami Jassim al-Jabouri, also known as Haji Hamad, and his aide were killed "in the vicinity of Qaim," an Iraqi town near the Syrian border, the statement said.
A Pentagon spokesman said coalition forces conducted a combined operation against an Islamic State "associated target" in Iraq on Aug. 11 but were assessing the results of the operation.
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"The mission was coordinated with and approved by the Government of Iraq and conducted in partnership with Iraqi Security Forces," said Adrian Rankine-Galloway, a Pentagon spokesman.
Kurdish peshmerga fighters are actively engaged in the fight against Islamic State, the ultra-hardline Sunni militants who proclaimed a "caliphate" over parts of Iraq and Syria.
The Kurdish self-rule region in northern Iraq also hosts a base used by troops from the U.S.-led coalition assisting Iraqi forces in the war on the militants.
(Reporting by Maher Chmaytelli; Additional reporting by Idrees Ali in Washington; Editing by Ralph Boulton and Sandra Maler)