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The ISIS leader on top of the U.S. kill list was killed in Syria

Abu Muhammed al-Adnani, the ISIS leader on top of the U.S. kill list, was killed in Aleppo, Syria, according to the Islamic State. His death has not yet been confirmed by U.S. sources.

Adnani was the Islamic State's most visible member, as he was head of external operations--or, in other words, he was in charge of overseas attacks. The 37-year-old was best known for issuing an order for lone wolf attacks on Westerners back in 2014.

The Amaq News Agency said that Adnani was killed "while surveying the operations to repel the military campaigns against Aleppo." Though it did not say HOW he was killed, they published a eulogy for him dated August 29.

Under Adnani's control, ISIS has carried out large-scale attacks in countries outside its core area--like the ones in France, Belgium, and Turkey. A U.S. counter-terrorism official says his death will diminish the Islamic State's power in the U.S. and other non-core areas.

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The ISIS leader on top of the U.S. kill list was killed in Syria

Christina Buff

Christina is a freelance writer from a tiny town in Southern Maryland who just can't seem to figure out whether others are being sarcastic or not. She has a degree in business communication, with a focus in writing, from Stevenson University, and has written things for Severna Park Voice, Maryland Film Festival, The Villager, and Hello Giggles. Follow her on twitter @tinaBUFF where she constantly overthinks her tweets, or read her medley of musings at touchinfinity.wordpress.com.

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