Bilal al-Sudani, 10 other operatives of the extremist group were killed in a raid Wednesday

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Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said Thursday an Islamic State militant killed in Somalia had been responsible ‘for funding the group’s operations worldwide.’

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WASHINGTON—Nearly a dozen operatives with the Islamic State group in Somalia were killed in a U.S. military assault operation, including a senior militant who the U.S. had intended to capture but instead killed, U.S. officials said.

The raid, which took place in a mountainous cave complex in northern Somalia late Wednesday, killed Bilal al-Sudani, a key operative and facilitator of ISIS’s global network who has been under U.S. sanctions. Ten other operatives were also killed. The operation resulted in no U.S. or civilian casualties, officials said, adding that the only injury suffered by an American servicemember was a dog bite from a U.S. military canine.

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