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

This file image shows an image grab taken on October 2, 2013 from a video uploaded on YouTube, of the spokesman for the ISIS, Abu Mohammad al-Adnani. (AFP)

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.


Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:52 - GMT 06:52