Islamic State senior leader "killed" in Aleppo

Aug 31, 2016, 12:38 AM EDT
(Source: thierry ehrmann/flickr)
(Source: thierry ehrmann/flickr)

Islamic State-affiliated Amaq news agency reported that the militant group’s chief strategist and spokesman Abu Muhammad al-Adnani has been killed while surveying IS operations in Syria’s Aleppo. Described as the “principal architect of Islamic State’s external operations,” Adnani directly encouraged a string of lone-wolf attacks against the West during Ramadan this year. The Pentagon said it was assessing the results of an air raid that targeted Adnani in the town of al Bab.
For a terrorist organization that relies heavily on propaganda to push its agenda, Adnani’s death is a big blow, writes the BBC. Adnani, who was gifted with a masterful oratory and military experience, has been one of the longest-severing leaders in IS with a strong following among the supporters of the militant group.
Over the past four years, Adnani authored a number of declarations and speeches and often served as the face of the jihadist group, as he issued video messages encouraging attacks on the U.S. and Europe.
Islamic State’s senior ranks have been significantly dented by Drone strikes and attrition by other means, reports The Guardian. The group’s key personnel, territory and financial resources have quickly eroded in recent months.