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Why ISIS’s Al Adnani Can’t Be Replaced

ISIS’ Number Two Leader Killed In Airstrike

ISIS has taken a number of blows recently, but the airstrike on Al-Adnani will have a major impact on the organization’s ability to execute on its strategy.

ISIS’s second most senior leader behind Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, was reported killed in Aleppo, Syria by Amaq, the IS-affiliated news agency.

Abu Mohammad al-Adnani, the official spokesman and key strategist of ISIS, was targeted in the town of Al-Bab and killed by a US-led airstrike according to the Pentagon. The precision strike was delivered after they spent 8 hours circling with an aircraft above the region.


The Pentagon is still “assessing the results of the strike,” but Al-Adnani’s death will be marked as a major blow to ISIS.

Al-Adnani, an extremely effective spokesperson, was the most important part of ISIS’ most powerful asset: their propaganda machine.

ISIS can easily replace him, but they won’t be able to replace his knowledge of military strategy and how to craft effective rhetoric.