Key Islamic State leader killed in apparent U.S. strike in Syria

IS spokesman and head of external operations Abu Muhammad al-Adnani is pictured in this undated handout photoBy Angus McDowall and Phil Stewart BEIRUT/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Islamic State said on Tuesday one of its most prominent and longest-serving leaders was killed in what appeared to be an American air strike in Syria, depriving the militant group of the man in charge of directing attacks overseas. 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. Adnani was one of the last living senior members, along with self-appointed caliph Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who founded the group and stunned the Middle East by seizing huge tracts of Iraq and Syria in 2014.


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