BREAKING: Head ISIS Leader Killed In Dramatic Assassination At Obama’s Orders (DETAILS)

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The Pentagon has confirmed that one of ISIS’s top leaders has been killed in an airstrike. Abu Muhammad al-Adnani was killed on Aug. 30, 2016. The strike took place in the Syrian city of al-Bab. Pentagon press secretary Peter Cook confirmed the death, but declined to comment on how it was verified.

‘[The strike] 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.’

Adnani was a Syrian national who was behind several of the infamous execution videos that have been in circulation. He was also one of the leaders pushing for the group to expand its terrorist activities beyond its self-declared borders. He was also seen as a potential successor to the group’s current leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

This is the first time the Pentagon has confirmed Adnani’s death, but other sources confirmed it much sooner. On the day of the attack, ISIS’s own social media channels confirmed that Adnani had been killed during a troop inspection. The day after the attack, on Aug. 31, Russia cited “intelligence channels” in confirming the kill, though there is some debate as to who killed him. Russia says that Adnani was killed in an airstrike 16 miles west of where the Pentagon says the U.S. airstrike took place.

The competitive narrative has sparked a bit of a verbal conflict between the two nations. An unnamed U.S. official told reporters that Russia’s claims are “laughable.” In response, the Russian Ministry of Defense took to social media and blasted the Pentagon. In a post on their Facebook page, the Russian Ministry of Defense said that the U.S. officials calling Russia “laughable” was the “sole thing they can say to justify their unawareness.”

An unnamed Pentagon official has said that the U.S. took longer to confirm this kill because they wanted to make sure their information was correct. The official noted that the Pentagon had been “burned” in the past and didn’t want to repeat that mistake. Rumors of Adnani’s death were reported last year, but later turned out to be false.

A few weeks ago, President Obama held a news conference discussing the battle with ISIL. He vowed to keep up the fight and promised that “ISIL is not invincible.” This recent victory serves as confirmation of President Obama’s remarks regarding victory over the Islamic State.

Terrorism has been a major issue in the presidential election. Republican Donald Trump has argued that President Obama and Hillary Clinton are weak on terrorism. Meanwhile, Clinton has argued that Trump is unqualified to be commander-in-chief.

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