IS leader killed in Aleppo

The Myanmar Times - - World -

ONE of the Is­lamic State’s top lead­ers, Abu Mo­hamed al-Ad­nani, de­scribed by the US as the “prin­ci­pal ar­chi­tect” of the group’s at­tacks on the West, has been killed in Syria, the ji­hadist or­gan­i­sa­tion an­nounced.

The United States said coali­tion forces had car­ried out an air strike tar­get­ing Mr Ad­nani in Aleppo province on Au­gust 30 and that it was still assess­ing the re­sults of the raid, but that his death would be a ma­jor blow to the group.

One of the IS’s most recog­nised fig­ures, Mr Ad­nani had called for lonewolf at­tacks on civil­ians us­ing weapons in­clud­ing knives and even ve­hi­cles, as hap­pened in Nice on July 14, when a ji­hadist drove a truck through crowds of rev­ellers, killing 86 peo­ple.

IS news agency Amaq said Mr Ad­nani “was mar­tyred while sur­vey­ing op­er­a­tions to re­pel the mil­i­tary cam­paigns against Aleppo” and pledged to avenge his death.

Mr Ad­nani, who had a US$5 mil­lion bounty on his head, was from the west­ern Syr­ian province of Idlib and joined the ji­hadist move­ment in Iraq, where he served un­der Abu Musab alZar­qawi. –

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