IS confirms its media chief was killed in a US airstrike

Islamic State releases videos through Al-Furqan Media, named for the extremist group's chief propagandist, who was killed last month
Islamic State releases videos through Al-Furqan Media, named for the extremist group’s chief propagandist, who was killed last month

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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