Kremlin Takes Credit For Killing Top ISIS Leader In Syria

Russia's Ministry of Defense took credit for the assassination of Abu Muhammad al-Adnani saying he was killed in an air strike carried out by Russian bombers

Abu Muhammad al-Adnani is pictured in this undated handout photo, courtesy the U.S. Department of State. — REUTERS
Aug 31, 2016 at 12:21 PM ET

Russia’s Ministry of Defense announced Wednesday that its Su-34 strike in Syria is what killed Abu Muhammad al-Adnani, the ISIS spokesperson and prominent leader.

According to the ministry’s statement, Adnani was among approximately 40 ISIS members killed on Tuesday by air strikes carried out by a Russian Su-34 bomber in Maaratat-Umm Khaush in Aleppo province. The statement was also posted on the ministry’s Twitter and Facebook accounts in both English and Russian.

On Tuesday a U.S. defense official told Reuters that the United States targeted Adnani’s vehicle near the Syrian town of al-Bab near Aleppo, but did not confirm that Adnani was killed in the hit. In the wake of Adnani’s assassination, ISIS supporters online have been calling for lone wolf attacks against European and other western targets.

If confirmed, the assassination of Adnani will mark one of the most critical and important attacks on ISIS and its leadership in Syria since Russia commenced its military intervention in September 2015.