(Adds comment from Pentagon, paragraphs 3-4)
BAGHDAD, Aug 11 (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.
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.
(Reporting by Maher Chmaytelli; Additional reporting by Idrees Ali in Washington; Editing by Ralph Boulton and Sandra Maler) ((email@example.com; +9647901917030;))
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