Russia says it killed IS spokesman al-Adnani in Syria strike

By The Canadian Press
August 31, 2016 - 6:02am

BEIRUT — Russia's Defence Ministry says its airstrike killed the Islamic State group's spokesman and chief strategist.

The Defence Ministry says in a statement on Wednesday that its intelligence has confirmed that a Russian airstrike on Aleppo province killed 40 IS militants, including spokesman Abu Mohammed al-Adnani.

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

The United States said it launched an airstrike targeting al-Adnani in the Syrian city of al-Bab, which is northeast of Aleppo. Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook said on Tuesday the U.S. was "still assessing the results of the strike."

Al-Adnani persistently called for attacks against the West.

Zeina Karam, The Associated Press

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