The Pentagon confirmed on Monday that ISIS spokesman and senior leader Abu Muhammad al-Adnani was killed in an airstrike in Syria in late August.
The airstrike on Aug. 30 near Al Bab, Syria, targeted the terror group’s chief propagandist, recruiter and architect of external terrorist operations. ISIS announced his death shortly after the airstrike through its news agency Amaq.
“It is one in a series of successful strikes against ISIL leaders, including those responsible for finances and military planning, that make it harder for the group to operate,” Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook said Monday in a statement.
The 39-year-old Adnani, born in Binnish in northern Syria, is described as having hand-selected the gruesome execution videos ISIS routinely puts out, The New York Times reported.
He was also the subject of a $5 million State Department reward.
As the leader of the group’s propaganda arm, Adnani was also the most vocal ISIS leader in calling for so-called “lone wolf” attacks against Western targets.