IS leader killed in Aleppo
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. –