Iraqi Shiite fighters from the Popular Mobilisation units, fighting alongside Iraqi government forces, display, upside down, the flag of the Islamic State (IS) group during a military operation aimed at the centre of Baiji, some 200 kilometres north of Baghdad on October 19, 2015. Iraqi forces advanced on three fronts against the Islamic State group, flushing out pockets of resistance in and around Baiji and closing in on Ramadi and Hawijah, officers said. AFP PHOTO / AHMAD AL-RUBAYE (Photo credit should read AHMAD AL-RUBAYE/AFP/Getty Images)

The Pentagon on Tuesday confirmed the death of a senior member of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).
A May 31 airstrike in the eastern Syrian city of Mayadin killed Turki al-Bin’ali, “the self proclaimed ‘Grand Mufti,’ or chief cleric of ISIS,” according to a U.S. Central Command statement.
ISIS had announced Al-Bin’ali’s death earlier this month.
“Al-Bin’ali had a central role in recruiting foreign terrorist fighters and provoking terrorist attacks around the world,” the statement said. “As chief cleric to ISIS since 2014, he provided propaganda to incite murder and other atrocities, attempted to legitimize the creation of the ‘caliphate,’ and was a close confidant of [ISIS leader] Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.”
The statement added that his propaganda writings included a call for terrorists to pledge allegiance to al-Baghdadi as “caliph.”
“His recruiting efforts for the terror group also included multiple recorded lectures attempting to justify and encouraging the slaughter of innocents,” the Centcom statement …
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