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ISIS propaganda chief killed in US-led air strike, confirms Pentagon

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 17 September 2016, 12:09 IST

A United States-led coalition air strike on 7 September killed an ISIS leader who oversaw the militant group's propaganda, the Pentagon said on 17 September.

According to an international news agency, Pentagon spokesman Peter Cook said in a statement that the air strike took place near Raqqa, Syria, and targeted and killed Wa'il Adil Hasan Salman al-Fayad, also known as Dr Wa'il.

ISIS, which has taken control over parts of Iraq and Syria, has broadcast the brutal beheading of journalists and aid workers over the last few years.

The group has sympathizers in several countries who reportedly help carrying out bombings and shootings of civilians and fund the terrorist organisation.

As per the reports, the Pentagon said Wa'il was the minister of information and prominent member of ISIS's Senior Shura Council, or leadership group.

"Wa'il oversaw ISIL's production of terrorist propaganda videos showing torture and executions," Cook said in the statement, using an Arab acronym for the group. "He was a close associate of Abu Muhammad al-Adnani, the ISIL spokesman and leader for plotting and inspiring external terror attacks," reports the news agency.

On 30 August, ISIS said Adnani was killed in a US air strike in Syria, which was later confirmed by the Pentagon.

First published: 17 September 2016, 12:09 IST