Coalition Forces Hit ISIS Terrorist Leader Adnani

Islamic State

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With a strong force of over 70,000 fighters under its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, ISIL is attacking different nations with the aim to set up a large Islamic State called the Caliphate.

By Rakesh Raman

According to Pentagon, the U.S.-led coalition forces targeted top terrorist leader Abu Muhammad Al-Adnani in a strike on Tuesday near Al Bab, Syria, although the result of the attack is awaited.

Pentagon press secretary Peter Cook said Wednesday the elimination of ISIS leader Adnani from the battlefield would be a significant blow to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL or ISIS).

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The coalition had been actively looking for Adnani for some time, he said. “This is someone who has been a senior leader in ISIL,” Cook said. “He’s been responsible for ISIL’s external plotting and directly responsible for recruiting foreign fighters.”

Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) or Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) or Islamic State (IS) is a militant organization.

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With a strong force of over 70,000 fighters under its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, ISIL is attacking different nations with the aim to set up a large Islamic State called the Caliphate. It is believed that now ISIS has a presence in nearly 30 countries of the world.

Pentagon said the ISIL senior leader Adnani was a spokesman for the terrorists, and was responsible for encouraging attacks against civilians and military personnel in the West.

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Cook also said he had no information to support a Russian claim that its forces had carried out a strike against Adnani.

Regarding the Russian claim, Cook said he wasn’t “going to wager a guess as to why they might have a motive to engage in this and to discuss this and maybe it’s just a misunderstanding on their part.”

By Rakesh Raman, who is a government award-winning journalist and social scientist. You also can visit the Global Terrorism Information Center that he manages.

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