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US-led coalition air strike killed IS information minister: Pentagon

Pentagon spokesman Peter Cook said that Wa'il Adil Hasan Salman al-Fayad was killed in a precision strike near the de-facto IS capital of Raqa on September 7. Photograph: (AFP)

WION Washington, United States Sep 16, 2016, 07.15 PM (IST)
A US-led coalition air strike killed an Islamic State leader who oversaw the militant group's propaganda, said Pentagon said on Friday.

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, on September 7.

The US Department of Defense said Wa'il was the minister of information and a prominent member of the IS.

"Wa'il oversaw ISIL's production of terrorist propaganda videos showing torture and executions," Cook said in the statement, using an Arab 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, Islamic State said Adnani was killed in a US airstrike in Syria, which was later confirmed by the Pentagon.

(WION with inputs from Reuters)
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