Russia claims killing of Islamic State spokesman in air strike

Russia claims killing of Islamic State spokesman in air strike

A Russian air strike killed the Islamic State group's spokesman and chief strategist, says Russia's defence ministry.

The ministry says its intelligence confirmed that a Russian air strike on Aleppo province killed 40 IS militants, including spokesman Abu Muhammed al-Adnani.

His death is a major blow to the extremist group, which has been retreating in Syria and Iraq.

The United States said it launched an air strike targeting al-Adnani in the Syrian city of al-Bab, which is north-east of Aleppo.

Pentagon press secretary Peter Cook said on Tuesday the US was "still assessing the results of the strike."

Al-Adnani persistently called for attacks against the West.

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