ALEPPO – Radical group of the Islamic State (ISIS) announced Tuesday the death of its official spokesman Abu Muhammad al-Adnani in Syria’s northern Aleppo province.
ISIS leadership issued a statement, published by the jihadi Amaq agency on Tuesday evening, confirming al-Adnani’s death.
According to the ISIS statement, al-Adnani was killed while monitoring the group’s military operations in the northern countryside of Aleppo.
Abu Muhammed al-Adnani, also known as Taha Subhi Falaha, was the official spokesman of the Islamic State. He was the first ISIS official to announce the group’s self-declared Caliphate in Syria and Iraq in June 2014.
“The Islamic State’s supreme leader Abu Barkr al-Baghdadi considered him the most reliable man in the group and the best representative of their alleged Caliphate. Al-Adnani’s death came as the most painful blow to ISIS leadership,” media activist Tawfiq Badla told ARA News in Aleppo.
Al-Adnani was born in the town of Bannish in Syria’s northwestern Idlib province in 1977. He was detained several times for involvement in jihadi activities and joining al-Qaeda ranks. In 2005 he was arrested by the Iraqi forces in Anbar province and was released after several years to join al-Baghdadi and his self-declared Caliphate.
SDF Fighting ISIS in Aleppo
Also on Tuesday, the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) launched a new military operation to combat militants of the Islamic State (ISIS) in the countryside of Syria’s northern Aleppo province, military sources reported.
The western-backed SDF fighters bombed ISIS positions near the town of Marea in Aleppo province and was able to expel the group from a number of villages.
“The SDF troops captured the villages of Um al-Haush, Um al-Qura, Harbal and Qarrah on Tuesday afternoon after forcing ISIS militants to withdraw under heavy artillery bombardment,” SDF official Zaidoun Hedo told ARA News in Aleppo.
At least 13 ISIS militants were killed and five ISIS vehicles were destroyed under the SDF bombardment.
The new anti-ISIS operation comes just two weeks after the Syrian Democratic Forces expelled the radical group from the city of Manbij–a former jihadi border pocket.
Reporting by: Sadraddin Kino
Source: ARA News