ISIS Information Minister 'Dr. Wa'il,' Killed in Airstrike in Syria: Pentagon

The US targeted and killed ISIS leader Wael Adel Salman, aka Abu Muhammed Furqan, in a September 7 airstrike, Pentagon press secretary Peter Cook said in a statement issued Friday. The group said Salman was responsible for ISIS propaganda and had been chosen to succeed the previous Minister of Information, Mohammad al-Adnani, who was killed by a United States drone strike in August.

On Aug. 30, Islamic State said Adnani was killed in a US air strike in Syria, which was later confirmed by the Pentagon.

On Aug. 30, Islamic State said Adnani was killed in a US air strike in Syria, which was later confirmed by the Pentagon. "He was a close associate of Abu Muhammad al-Adnani, the ISIL spokesman and leader for plotting and inspiring external terror attacks".

With the help of al-Adnani, Al-Fayad is believed to have overseen the production of the gruesome propaganda videos, often featuring torture and executions.

If the truce, which began on Monday, lasts seven days and humanitarian access is granted, Russian Federation and the United States are to work together to target extremists, including ISIS and former Al-Qaeda affiliate Fateh al-Sham Front.

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The Pentagon said Dr. Wa'il was essentially the Islamic State's minister of information and was a prominent member of the terrorist group's Senior Shura Council, the Islamic State's leadership organization.

Wa'il was killed by a drone targeting his home in Raqqah, IS's de facto capital in Syria, according to an ABC news report, citing an anonymous USA official as source.

"We will continue to work with our coalition partners to build momentum in the campaign to deal ISIS a lasting defeat", Cook said. ISIL is known as IS in Syria and Iraq.

One U.S. official said it was unclear if Wa'il outranked al-Adnani in ISIS's hierarchy.

  • Sonia Alvarado