ISIS Senior Leader, Wa’il Al-Fayad Killed In Airstrike
Dr Wa’il al-Fayad, another senior leader of the Islamic State(ISIS) has been killed, days after the Islamic State lost its spokesman, Abu Mohammad al-Adnani in an air strike.
Wa’il al-Fayad as the extreme group’s “minister of information,” oversaw the group’s production of torture and execution videos.
He was killed in an airstrike in Syria, Pentagon said Friday.
“On September 7, coalition forces conducted a precision strike near Raqqah, Syria, that targeted and killed ‘Dr. Wa’il,’ also known as Wa’il Adil Hasan Salman al-Fayad, one of ISIL’s most senior leaders,” Pentagon press secretary Peter Cook said in a statement.
ISIL is known as IS in Syria and Iraq.
“He operated as the minister of information for the terror organization and was a prominent member of its Senior Shura Council — ISIL’s leadership group,” Cook said.
Wa’il was killed by a drone targeting his home in Raqqah, IS’s de facto capital in Syria, according to an ABC news report, citing an anonymous U.S. official as source.
The confirmed death of “Dr. Wa’il” is the second strike in the past two weeks targeting a senior ISIS leader involved in ISIS’s media operation.
Earlier this week, Pentagon confirmed that the group’s spokesman al-Adnani was killed by an airstrike on Aug. 30 as he rode in a vehicle near the Syrian town of al-Bab.
Wa’il was a close associate of al-Adnani, said Cook.