ISIS spokesman killed in Syria

Aug 31, 2016, 01:29
ISIS spokesman killed in Syria

Abu Muhammed al-Adnani, the Islamic State's spokesperson and chief strategist, was killed near Aleppo, the group's news agency said on Tuesday.

In a statement, the group said Abu Muhammad al-Adnani was one of the group's longest-serving officials.

Al-Adnani also disparaged Saudi Arabia and its influential clerics for failing to rally behind the rebels that the monarchy supports in Syria like they did decades ago in Afghanistan.

If true, al-Adnani's death is a major victory for US and coalition forces battling the Islamic State in Syria.

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Amaq vowed revenge against the "filthy cowards in the sect of disbelief".

Adnani was originally from the western Syrian province of Idlib and joined the jihadist movement in Iraq where he served now slain Al-Qaeda leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi and held several positions.

The circumstances of Adnani's death are unknown, and have not been confirmed by the US government.

In June 2014, al-Adnani was the first to declare a "caliphate" for parts of Syria and Iraq, indicating ISIS' aim of not just being a terrorist group but a governing entity.

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On Tuesday, the news outlet of the Islamic State militant group reported that spokesman and senior leadership member Mohammed al-Adnani had been killed in fighting in the northern city.

The ISIS leader at the top of the US kill list is dead, according to a media arm of the terrorist organization. It still controls Mosul, but Iraqi forces are gearing up for a long-awaited operation to retake the country's second largest city.

The extremist group has suffered a string of defeats in recent weeks, including in Syria's northern Aleppo province, where Turkish troops and allied Syrian rebels drove IS out of the border town of Jarablus last week.

Among senior Islamic State officials to have been killed in airstirkes this year are both Abu Ali al-Anbari, Baghdadi's formal deputy, and the group's "minister of war", Abu Omar al-Shishani.

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