ISIS confirms death of its propaganda chief

ISIS confirms Wa'il Adil Hasan Salman al-Fayad died, a month after the Pentagon said he was killed in an air strike in Syria's.

Ben Ariel ,

Islamic State (ISIS) flag
Islamic State (ISIS) flag

The Islamic State (ISIS) jihadist group on Monday confirmed the death of its propaganda chief, Wa'il Adil Hasan Salman al-Fayad, a month after the Pentagon said he was killed in a U.S.-led air strike in Syria's Raqqa province.

A statement posted online by the group and quoted by Reuters paid tribute to al-Fayad, who was also known as Abu Mohammed al-Furqan. The statement just referred to him by his alias.

It did not say when, where or how he had died.

The Pentagon said last month that a U.S.-led coalition air strike on September 7 had killed al-Fayad.

He served as the group's minister of information, overseeing Islamic State's propaganda, and a prominent member of its Senior Shura Council, or leadership group.

ISIS's statement referred to al-Fayad as head of its media arm.

The air strike took place near Raqqa, IS IS's de facto capital in northern Syria, and targeted al-Fayad while he was on a motorcycle outside his house, the Pentagon said.

His death followed that of ISIS spokesman Abu Mohamed al-Adnani, who was killed in an American air strike on August 30.

Adnani was believed to have been ISIS's second highest ranking leader, after founder Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

He was heard from as recently as last May, calling for attacks on the U.S. during the holy month of Ramadan. Al-Fayad was a close associate of Adnani.