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Russian claim it killed ISIS spokesman a ‘joke,’ US official says

ISIS spokesman Abu Mohamed al-Adnani was killed in Syria's Aleppo on Tuesday

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Russia’s claim that it killed ISIS group spokesman and top strategist Abu Mohamed al-Adnani is a “joke,” and the strike was conducted by a US Predator drone, American officials said Wednesday.

“That’s a joke,” a US defense official told AFP when asked about Moscow’s Adnani claim, speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss military operations.

“It would be funny if not for the character of the campaign the Russians have undertaken in Syria.”

Another US official, again speaking on condition of anonymity, said the strike was carried out by a Predator drone that fired a Hellfire missile at a car in which Adnani was believed to have been traveling.