Abu Ala al-Afri


Age: 57

top commander and deputy leader of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant jihadist militant organization who was believed to have ascended his position as the stand-in leader following unconfirmed reports of current leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi being severely injured by an airstrike in March 2015 leaving him unable to retain direct leadership of the group, and who was reported that he would have been the successor of al-Baghdadi if the ISIL leader had died.

Cause of Death: Killed in a U.S. air strike

Born: 1959

Died: March 25, 2016

Eastern Syria