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ISIS Chief Spokesman Killed in Aleppo

This is pretty big. ISIS Chief Spokesman Abu Muhammad al-Adnani has been killed in Aleppo Province. ISIS affiliated news agency Amaq has confirmed it and said he “was martyred while surveying the operations to repel the military campaigns against Aleppo.” Here is the official announcement from ISIS in Arabic.

Here is one of his speeches from 2014 calling for lone wolf attacks. The State Department added him to the Global terror list in 2014. Here is the notice. [More...]

Added: Long War Journal has a fairly extensive bio of him today here. And there's a new photo of him, along with a martyrdom statement in ISIS' weekly Naba newsletter which was released online today.

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    probably a hundred ready to take his place (none / 0) (#1)
    by pitachips on Tue Aug 30, 2016 at 11:25:35 PM EST
    First of all I really enjoy all of your postings on ISIS related news.

    My sense is that nowadays most of these guys are interchangeable. I think in years past when the head of these terrorist groups were people who had literally decades of experience, then knocking off a leader might have truly weakened the group. Nowadays most of these guys/gals are around for a few years max before they meet the opposing end of a bullet/missile.  

    I realize the Administration (none / 0) (#2)
    by NYShooter on Tue Aug 30, 2016 at 11:33:45 PM EST
    has cried "Wolf" many times before regarding the killing of high ranking leaders of ISIS, Al Qaida and other terrorist groups. Each time an "irreplaceable" operative has been taken out he's been replaced almost as soon as the story was delivered.

    But, this guy, al-Adnani, really was different. From what I've read, and what I know about organizations, al-Adnani was one of those gifted leader-soldiers who truly will be almost impossible to replace. He was so effective in so many areas it will, probably, take a half dozen trained, skilled, and experienced operatives to replace the many unique skills al-Adnani had, especially in the area of clandestine operations outside of the Syria theatre.

    The "Experts" Say it Doesn't Help (none / 0) (#3)
    by RickyJim on Wed Aug 31, 2016 at 10:58:04 AM EST
    Article by Max Fisher in the NY Times.
    These are places where the United States might believe it has few, if any, options. Targeting terrorist leaders might not make much difference, but it is cheap, it is low risk for the United States (though not always for civilians in the vicinity of strikes), and it allows American leaders to credibly say they are doing something. But there is little evidence that these deaths, whatever their political value in the United States, make much of a difference on the ground.
     I agree with the article.  The US doesn't have a large population of unhappy Muslims in the slums.  The only reason it is attacked is it keeps meddling in predominantly Muslim areas.

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