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IS confirms death of propaganda chief

An Islamic State flag is seen in this picture illustration. Photograph: (Reuters)

WION Beirut, Lebanon Oct 10, 2016, 09.52 PM (IST)

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)

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