Islamic State spokesman Abu Mohammad al-Adnani killed in Syria

PUBLISHED Tue, August 30, 2016 - 1:59pm EDT

Abu Mohammad al-Adnani, a senior leader of the Islamic State (ISIS) and the group's official spokesman, has been killed in a coalition airstrike in northwest Syria, according to an ISIS-affiliated news agency and the U.S. military. (more)

Peter Cook, a spokesman for the U.S. Defense Department, said al-Adnani was targeted in a "precision strike" near the city of Al Bab in Aleppo province. It said it was still assessing the results of the strike, but the ISIS-affiliated Amaq news agency confirmed that al-Adnani had been killed.

"Shaykh Abu Muhammad al-Adnani, the spokesman of the Islamic State, was martyred while surveying the operations to repel the military campaigns against Aleppo," Amaq said in a breaking news alert, which provided no further details.

Al-Adnani's death marks one of the most high-profile deaths yet within the leadership of the Islamic State group. Al-Adnani, who was reported to be in his late 30s, is believed to have been one of the group's most senior leaders.

"Al-Adnani's removal from the battlefield would mark another significant blow to ISIL," Cook said in a statement. "He has coordinated the movement of ISIL fighters, directly encouraged lone-wolf attacks on civilians and members of the military and actively recruited new ISIL members."

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