The sketchball Amaq News Agency reports that Abu Muhammad al-Adnani, deputy to ISIL leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, was killed “while checking out operations in Aleppo, Syria earlier today.” Cool beans.
The ISIL-linked Amaq News Agency has reported that Abu Muhammad al-Adnani, the group’s gun-clapping, Sharia-yapping gutterpup and bigwig propagandist has been bumped-off “while surveying operations to repel the military campaign against Aleppo.” Al-Adnani was one of a handful of the ISIL O.G.s and was the most articulate exponent of jihad and all the apocalyptic pizzazz that goes with it. His death is a major blow to the Muj and a serious morale buster. It comes just a few weeks after the death (by drone) of another blatherskite, Omar al-Shishani, one of America’s most wanted jihadists; al-Shishani was killed in northern Iraq in a ground raid. And in March Abu Ali al-Anbari, the group’s No.2 big cheese, was snuffed out in Syria by Coalition spec ops.
But while al-Adnani’s death is excellent news, in the latest farcical development crystallizing in the morning news cycle, both the US and Russia began a sparring match over who was responsible for the jabbering jihadi’s death. A U.S. defense official told Reuters the United States targeted Abu Muhammad al-Adnani in a Tuesday strike on a vehicle traveling in the Syrian town of al-Bab. The official stopped short of confirming Adnani’s death but implied that American air assets delivered the fatal blow. As CNN adds, US-led coalition forces have not confirmed his death, but the Pentagon acknowledged he was targeted in a precision air strike Tuesday near Al-Bab, Syria.
Meanwhile, Russia likewise wasted no time and the Ministry of Defense argued that a Russian airstrike was responsible for the death of al-Adnani. al-Adnani was one of up to 40 ISIS militants killed by a Russian air sortie over Aleppo province, the ministry said.
While there may be some minor diplomatic tensions over this latest squabbling, the good news is that no matter who is responsible, one of the most prominent ISIS peacocks has been zapped. “We are still assessing the results of the strike, but al-Adnani’s removal from the battlefield would mark another significant blow to ISIS,” Pentagon press secretary Peter Cook said in a statement. Yay.
Images via US Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC)