Monday 5 December 2016

Blow for Islamic State as spokesman Adnani 'wounded' after air strike

Abu Mohammed al-Adnani reportedly lost "a large amount of blood" in what could be a significant setback for Isil

Published 08/01/2016 | 07:34

Isil spokesman Abu Muhammad al-Adnani
Isil spokesman Abu Muhammad al-Adnani

Islamic State spokesman Abu Mohammed al-Adnani has reportedly been wounded in an air strike in Iraq's western province of Anbar, a military statement said on Thursday.

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"There are confirmed reports that the so-called terrorist Abu Mohammed al-Adnani the spokesman of Daesh (Islamic State or Isil) terrorists was wounded in an air strike [...] in the region of Barwana," the military statement said.

Adnani lost "a large amount of blood" in the attack a few days ago, before being moved to the northern city of Mosul, Iraq's second biggest city, the statement added.

US Army Colonel Steve Warren, spokesman for the international coalition bombing Isil, could not confirm the Iraqi military report but said Adnani had not been targeted by a coalition air strike.

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