Instead of celebrating that this man is dead, we are fighting about who killed him. Both the US and Russia want ISIS gone, who cares who killed who. Does it matter who killed the commander?
The death of Islamic State’s second in command has sparked a war of words between the US and Russia with both separately claiming he was killed by their troops.
Abu Mohammad al-Adnani was widely tipped to be the next leader of the terror group after repeatedly calling for attacks on the West.
He was killed two weeks ago in Syria and his death was confirmed by ISIS propaganda unit Amaq who said the terrorist was “martyred while surveying the operations to repel the military campaigns against Aleppo”.
Russia immediately took responsibility for the killing claiming that an Su-34 bomber slaughtered up to 40 militants in a raid on the village of Umm Hawsh.
But now two weeks later the Pentagon has contradicted the claims by telling media that al-Adnani was killed in a US air strike.
Pentagon press secretary Peter Cook said: “The strike near al Bab, Syria, removes from the battlefield ISIL’s chief propagandist, recruiter and architect of external terrorist operations.
“It is one in a series of successful strikes against ISIL leaders, including those responsible for finances and military planning, that make it harder for the group to operate.
“As we continue to gather momentum in our counter-ISIL campaign, we will continue to target ISIL leaders, relentlessly pursue its external plotters, working with our partners on the ground, we will not rest in our efforts to destroy ISIL’s parent tumor in Iraq and Syria, combat its metastases around the world, and protect our homeland.”
Al-Adnani, who had a $5 million US government bounty on his head, was one of the last three alive of the 43 founders of ISIS, according to reports.
He was also the head of Emni – the secret service of ISIS responsible for plotting atrocities against the West.