Islamic State confirms 'minister of information' killed

An IS statement on social media affirmed the "martyrdom" of Abu Mohammad al-Furqan, saying he was an "emir" of the group's central media body. 

Islamic State confirms 'minister of information' killed

Beirut The Islamic State group said Monday that a senior operative considered the group's information minister had been killed, confirming an earlier Pentagon report.

An IS statement on social media affirmed the "martyrdom" of Abu Mohammad al-Furqan, the nom de guerre of Wa`il Adil Hasan Salman al-Fayad, saying he was an "emir" of the group`s central media body. It did not release any further details.

Last month the Pentagon said al-Fayad, also known as "Dr. Wa`il", was killed in a precision strike on September 7 near Raqa, the Syrian city that is the de facto capital of the Islamic State jihadist group.

He oversaw the group`s media production of videos showing torture and executions, said the Pentagon, describing him as "one of ISIL`s most senior leaders" and a close associate of Abu Mohamed al-Adnani, the IS group spokesman killed on August 30.

Since it announced a self-styled caliphate across Iraq and Syria in 2014, IS has become notorious for broadcasting its macabre tactics.

The group`s online network has taken advantage of social media`s instant publishing power to circulate footage of mass killings and beheadings.

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