WASHINGTON: The US Department of Defence- The Pentagon has confirmed that a US air strike killed Abu Mohamed al-Adnani who was Islamic State leader and spokesman in northern part of Syria last month.
On Monday, Pentagon press secretary – Peter Cook said that the strike near Al Bab, Syria, removes from the battlefield ISIS’s chief propagandist, architect of external terrorist operations and recruiter.
It is one in a series of successful strikes against ISIS leaders, including those responsible for military planning and finances, that make it harder for the group to operate.
Officials say that Adnani was the main spokesperson for IS and during some of the most high-profile attacks of the group over the past year, Adnani had played a major role including in Paris, Istanbul airports, at the Brussels, at a cafe in Bangladesh, as well as suicide bombings at a rally in Ankara and the downing of a Russian airliner in the Sinai.
Earlier, Cook has said that Adnani had coordinated the movement of IS fighters, actively recruited new IS members and encouraged lone-wolf attacks on military and civilians.
Soon after the strike against Adnani, Russia said that it was responsible for his death, a claim Pentagon officials dismissed as a joke.