ISIL Acknowledges Death of Deputy Leader
The number two man of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) terrorist group and its deputy leader Abu Muslim al-Turkmani has been killed, ISIL’s spokesman declared Tuesday night.
ISIL’s Spokesman Abu Mohammad al-Adnani made an official announcement minutes ago, declaring that Abu-Bakr Al-Baghdadi’s right-hand man has been killed.
The spokesman did not reveal any further details. Syria has not made any official announcement in this regard yet either.
Fadel Ahmed Abdullah al-Hiyali, nicknamed Abu Muslim al-Turkmani, was born in Tel Afar in Nineveh Province. He was an Iraqi Army Colonel under Former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein.
Al-Turkmani was said to have been the head of the ISIL’s military council. He reportedly led the council of six to nine military commanders who directed the ISIL’s military strategy.
In his recorded audio message, the spokesman of the terrorist group called on Muslims to launch a “holy war” against Russians and Americans over what it called their “crusaders’ war” in the Middle East.
“Islamic youth everywhere, ignite jihad against the Russians and the Americans in their crusaders’ war against Muslims,” al-Adnani said.
Western media claim that the terrorist leader has been killed in a US airstrike in Iraq, while Russian sources stress that Turkmani has been killed in a Russian airstrike in Syria.