ISIS Second in Command Killed in Aleppo.
Airstrike in Syria Kills ISIS Second in Command.
The head spokesman for the Islamic State group was reported dead Tuesday in Syria, according to the SITE Intelligence Group. Abu Mohammad al-Adnani, who Express called “second in command” to ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, was killed in Aleppo, according to Business Insider.
ISIS-linked media outlets reported Tuesday that he’d been martyred, but the Middle East Eye noted there was little confirmed information as to how or when the spokesman was killed. As they waited for details, terrorism experts offered instant analysis of his death:
The Counter Extremism Project lists Adnani as the leader of ISIS’s Emni group, a unit that orchestrates attacks outside of the Middle East. The U.S. State Department named him a terrorist in 2014 and later described him as “the main conduit for the dissemination of ISIL messages.”
“Adnani is much more than just the mouthpiece of this group,” Thomas Joscelyn, a senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, told the New York Times earlier this month. “He is heavily involved in external operations. He is sort of the administrative ‘yea’ or ‘nay’ at the top of the pyramid.”