Islamic State spokesman Abu Mohammed al-Adnani has been injured in an airstrike in Iraq’s western province of Anbar, Iraqi state television said on Thursday, Jan. 7, 2016. A military statement reported that “there are confirmed reports that the so-called terrorist Abu Mohammed al-Adnani, the spokesman of the Daesh terrorists, was wounded in an air strike.”
Abu Mohammed al-Adnani was born Taha Sobhe Falaha in Syria in 1977. He is known as the official spokesman for the Islamic caliphate, and is the main pathway through which Islamic State rhetoric becomes known to the public. He was one of the first fighters to oppose the Coalition Forces in Iraq, after which he joined the State. In June 2014, he publicly claimed an Islamic caliphate on the behalf of the Islamic State. He has been an outspoken and important leader for them, which is especially notable as he is the only Syrian, whereas, the rest of the high-ranking officials are Iraqi.
Anbar has been extremely contentious this week. Lebanon’s Arabic news site reported on Jan 5, 2016, that an airstrike located in the cities of Barwana and Hadithah, which is located about 150 miles away from Baghdad, killed an Islamic State war minister, Samer Mohammad Matloub Hussein al-Mahlawi, and three of his aides. The strikes were led by Iraqi military aircraft and tribal fighters. The two attacks led to 250 Islamic state militants being killed.
Additionally, over a hundred vehicles belonging to the militants were destroyed, including cars that were rigged with explosives.
By Juanita Lewis
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