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Senior ISIL Leader, Spokesman Adnani Reportedly Killed in Syria

Nellie Chapman | 01 September, 2016, 14:17

A Russian air strike killed the Islamic State group's spokesman and chief strategist, says Russia's defence ministry.

This file image shows an image grab taken on October 2, 2013 from a video uploaded on YouTube on July 8, 2012, of the spokesman for the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS), Abu Mohammad al-Adnani al-Shami, speaking next to an Islamist flag at an uWASHINGTON, Aug 31 - Islamic State spokesman Abu Mohammed al-Adnani, who had a US$5 million (RM20 million) U.S. bounty on his head, was killed while surveying defenses near the northern Syrian city of Aleppo, the terrorist group's Amaq News Agency reported.

The ministry said that Adnani was one of up to 40 rebels killed by the air strikes in Syria's region of Maaratat-Umm Khaush, in the Aleppo province.

Russian Federation has been flying its own bombing campaign in Syria in support of leader Bashar al-Assad since September but this is first time they have claimed to have killed a top-ranking IS leader.

Al-Adnani persistently called for attacks against the West. According to Amaq, al-Adnani was killed "while surveying the operations to repel the military campaigns against Aleppo".

His death is a major blow to the extremist group, which has been on the retreat in Syria and Iraq.

According to the reports, the U.S. had targeted the prominent Senior ISIS leader in a precision strike near the town of Al Bab and was still assessing the results.

Beirut- It seems that the death of Abu Mohammed al-Adnani is paving the way to the destruction of the terrorist organization ISIS. It did not provide any further details on when or how he died.

One of the group's founder members, Adnani was born Taha Sobhi Falaha in the northern Syrian town of Banash in 1977.

In late June 2014, he formally declared the establishment of a caliphate, or Islamic state, stretching across parts of Syria and Iraq, under the leadership of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, and demanded allegiance from Muslims worldwide.

Adnani, a senior leader in the group, has been the voice of Islamic State over the past few years, and has released numerous, lengthy audio files online in which he delivered fiery sermons urging followers to carry out attacks.

Earlier this year, he called for massive attacks during Ramadan - a call that translated into the bloodiest Muslim holy month in recent memory. Spokesman Peter Cook described the terrorist as a "principal architect of Isil's external operations".

The US said he had "co-ordinated the movement of Isil [IS] fighters, directly encouraged lone-wolf attacks on civilians and members of the military and actively recruited" new members.