Daesh says its top spokesman killed in Syria

Published August 31st, 2016 - 05:00 GMT
Abu Muhammed al-Adnani, a Syrian from Idlib, had served as Daesh's lead propagandist since 2014. (File photo)
Abu Muhammed al-Adnani, a Syrian from Idlib, had served as Daesh's lead propagandist since 2014. (File photo)

Daesh said Tuesday via its Amaq News Agency that its spokesman Abu Muhammad al-Adnani was killed in Syria's Aleppo, Reuters reported.

In a statement distributed online by the group's supporters, Amaq reported that Adnani was killed "while surveying the operations to repel the military campaigns against Aleppo."

Daesh holds territory in Aleppo province, but not in the city proper where the Syrian government is fighting against rebel groups.

Daesh published a eulogy for Adnani on August 29, but gave no further details as to the cause of his death. 

Adnani was one of Daesh's longest-serving, most dedicated members, becoming the group's chief propagandist since June 2014, when Daesh announced its plans to establish a self-described caliphate across Iraq and Syria.

Adnani was a Syrian national from Idlib, and had supported al-Qaeda for more than a decade. He was previously imprisoned by US forces in Iraq.


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