This undated militant image provided by SITE Intel Group shows Abu Mohammed al-Adnani, the Islamic State militant group's spokesman who IS say was "martyred" in northern Syria. (SITE Intel Group via AP)
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The U.S. airstrike believed to have killed Abu Mohammad al-Adnani has deprived Daesh (ISIS) of the architect of its attacks on the West, as it faces the loss of swaths of its heartlands. One of the last survivors of the Al-Qaeda militants who originally formed Daesh last decade in Iraq, including its self-appointed caliph Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, Adnani had risen to become one of its most influential leaders.Gen. Yahya Rasool, spokesman for the joint operations command of Iraq's army, told Reuters in Baghdad.Few people expect further advances against Daesh to be rapid or straightforward, but the group's enemies have built a clear momentum in both Iraq and Syria that has pushed it to adopt a strategy of attacks overseas.Daesh Tuesday said Adnani was killed "while surveying the operations to repel the military campaigns against Aleppo.Hammered by two years of U.S.-led coalition airstrikes and military losses on the ground, Adnani increasingly called in audio messages for attacks against the United States and Western countries.
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