IS confirms death of propaganda chief
An Islamic State flag is seen in this picture illustration. Photograph: (Reuters)
The Islamic State confirmed the death of its propaganda chief on Monday, who the Pentagon said was killed in a US-led air strike in Syria’s Raqqa last month.
The jihadist group posted an online statement paying tribute to Wa’il Adil Hasan Salman al-Fayad, also known as Abu Mohammed al-Furqan.
The statement referred to him by his alias and did not disclose the details of his death, Reuters reported.
The Pentagon said last month that a US-led air strike on September 7 had killed al-Fayad.
According to Pentagon, he was minister of information, overseeing IS’s propaganda, and a key member of its leadership group. The IS statement referred to al-Fayad as head of its media arm.
al-Fayad was targeted while he was on a motorcycle outside his house, the Pentagon had said, Reuters reported.
(WION with inputs from Reuters)