IS confirms its media chief was killed in a US airstrike
The Islamic State group (IS) has confirmed the death last month of one of its most senior leaders, Abu Mohammed al-Furqan.
He was minister of information for the group, and oversaw the production of propaganda videos showing executions.
A statement posted online did not say when, where or how he had died.
The Pentagon last month said an air strike killed him near Raqqa in Syria on 7 September.
He was among the few remaining founding members of IS, and had reportedly played a leading role in setting up the jihadist group’s key media outfits, including Amaq news agency, and in launching its multilingual magazines, such as Dabiq.
Born Wa’il Adil Hasan Salman al-Fayad in Iraq, his nickname ‘al-Furqan’ is thought to be derived from his reported role in running al-Furqan Media Foundation – IS’s long-standing media arm.
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