ISIS Leader Killed in Syria Airstrike, Pentagon Says

Coalition strike on de facto capital of ISIS in Syria kills Wa'il Adil Hasan Salman al-Fayad, the militant group's propaganda chief.

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ISIS tanks photographed in Raqqa, Syria, in March.
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Idrees Ali, Yeganeh Torbati

REUTERS - The Pentagon said on Friday that a U.S.-led coalition airstrike on September 7 killed an ISIS leader who oversaw the militant group's propaganda.

Pentagon spokesman Peter Cook said in a statement that the airstrike took place near Raqqa, Syria, and targeted and killed Wa'il Adil Hasan Salman al-Fayad, also known as Dr. Wa'il.

ISIS controls parts of Iraq and Syria and has broadcast its beheadings of journalists and aid workers over the past few years. The group has sympathizers in several countries who have carried out bombings and shootings of civilians.

The Pentagon said Wa'il was minister of information and prominent member of ISIS' 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 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."

On August 30, ISIS said Adnani was killed in a U.S. airstrike in Syria, which was later confirmed by the Pentagon.

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