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Taha Subhi Falaha (Arabic: طه صبحي فلاحة‎; 1977 – 30 August 2016), known as Abu Muhammad al-Adnani al-Shami (Arabic: أبو محمد العدناني‎), was the official spokesperson and a senior leader of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant
Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant
(also called the Islamic State or ISIS).[6][7] He was described as the chief of its external operations. He was the second most senior leader of the Islamic State after its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.[4] Media reports in August 2016 suggested he was in charge of a special unit, known as the Emni, that was established by ISIL
ISIL
in 2014 with the double objective of internal policing and executing operations outside the ISIL
ISIL
territory.[8][9] On 5 May 2015, the U.S. State Department Rewards for Justice Program announced a reward up to US$25 million for information leading to his capture.[2][10] On 30 August 2016, the Islamic State announced al-Adnani has been killed in Aleppo Province. Numerous fighting forces claimed responsibility for al-Adnani's death. On 12 September 2016, the U.S. Department of Defense officially confirmed that a U.S. airstrike had killed al-Adnani.[11]

Contents

1 Early life 2 Al-Qaeda
Al-Qaeda
in Iraq

2.1 May 2005 arrest

3 Islamic State of Iraq
Islamic State of Iraq
and the Levant 4 Speeches 5 Death 6 References 7 External links

Early life[edit] Al-Adnani was born in 1977 in the town of Binnish
Binnish
in the countryside of Idlib Governorate, western Syria.[7][12] Al-Qaeda
Al-Qaeda
in Iraq[edit] According to a biography penned by Turki al-Binali, Adnani became involved in Islamic militancy in the year 2000. His primary teacher was Abu Anas al-Shami, a senior leader in Jama'at al-Tawhid wal Jihad. He swore allegiance to Abu Musab al-Zarqawi
Abu Musab al-Zarqawi
along with thirty-five others while in Syria, with a plan to fight the government of Bashar al-Assad. However, the Americans invaded Iraq, and Adnani became one of the first foreign fighters to oppose Coalition forces in Iraq.[5] May 2005 arrest[edit] In May 2005 Al-Adnani was arrested by Coalition forces in Al Anbar Governorate in Iraq under a fake name "Yasser Khalaf Hussein Nazal al-Rawi", and was released in 2010.[12][13] In December 2012, an Iraqi intelligence official said he was using a number of aliases including "Abu Mohamed al-Adnani, Taha al-Banshi, Jaber Taha Falah, Abu Baker al-Khatab and Abu Sadek al-Rawi."[12] Islamic State of Iraq
Islamic State of Iraq
and the Levant[edit] Al-Adnani was highly respected by his fellow fighters throughout his time in the Iraq insurgency, with ISI leader Abu Omar al-Baghdadi saying about him, "It will be for this man the whole affair (of jihad)". Abu Musab al-Zarqawi
Abu Musab al-Zarqawi
trusted him so much that he allowed him to make executive decisions independently, saying "Do not consult me on matters, just brief me." He was also the teacher of Manaf Abd al-Rahim al-Rawi, the Al-Qaeda in Iraq
Al-Qaeda in Iraq
"governor" for Baghdad province. According to Harry Sarfo, a former German member of the group. "The big man behind everything is Abu Muhammad al-Adnani. ... He is the head of the Emni, and he is the head of the special forces as well. ... Everything goes back to him."[14] On 18 August 2014, the US State Department listed al-Adnani as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist.[5] On 15 August 2014, he was sanctioned by the United Nations Security Council.[4] On 4 January 2016, Abu Mohammad al-Adnani
Abu Mohammad al-Adnani
was reportedly injured by an Iraqi airstrike on Barwana, near Haditha, Iraq and was moved to Mosul for recovery.[15][16] Speeches[edit] As spokesman of the Islamic State, Adnani made a considerable number of speeches. His rhetorical style received attention. Abu al-Waleed al-Salafi, a researcher, comments, "I have analysed the speeches of Baghdadi and Adnani psychologically more than once, and I found a result: that Adnani's speech seeks to inspire zeal in the soul, while Baghdadi's speech seeks to inspire calm."[17] Adnani's vitriolic speaking style established his reputation as the 'attack dog' of the Islamic State, especially for his denunciations of al-Qaeda. On 22 September 2014, al-Adnani gave a lengthy speech entitled "Indeed, Your Lord Is Ever Watchful", which was significant because it was the first official instruction by ISIL
ISIL
for its supporters to kill non-Muslims in Western countries.[citation needed] Among other things, Al-Adnani said:

If you can kill a disbelieving American or European – especially the spiteful and filthy French – or an Australian, or a Canadian, or any other disbeliever from the disbelievers waging war, including the citizens of the countries that entered into a coalition against the Islamic State, then rely upon Allah, and kill him in any manner or way however it may be. Smash his head with a rock, or slaughter him with a knife, or run him over with your car, or throw him down from a high place, or choke him, or poison him.[18][19][20]

Death[edit] On 30 August 2016, the Islamic State announced that Adnani was killed in Aleppo Province.[21][22] The Russian Federation claimed that Adnani had been killed in a Tuesday (30 August 2016) Russian airstrike.[23][24] Specifically, the Russian Defense Ministry indicated on August 31st that al-Adnani was killed in the Maarat Umm Hawsh area of Aleppo as result of an airstrike conducted by a Russian Su-34 bomber, a strike which targeted and hit a group of about 40 Islamic State fighters.[25] On 13 September, Kremlin-controlled Sputnik News
Sputnik News
contended that while Russia's version of events was "more likely" than the Pentagon's, it was also possible that Adnani had been killed by Islamic State rivals, or might even still be alive.[26] An unnamed U.S. defense official said, "coalition forces conducted an airstrike in al-Bab, Syria, targeting an ISIL
ISIL
senior leader" and were still trying to confirm whether he was killed.[27] A U.S. defense official called the Russian claim to have killed al-Adnani "preposterous" and "a joke" and said they stand by the statement made on August 30 that U.S. forces conducted the strike that targeted al-Adnani.[28][29] Also, earlier in the day on 30 August 2016, a U.S. military intelligence official stated that al-Adnani was wounded several days previous and succumbed to his injuries in al-Bab.[30][30] Ammar Waqqaf, founder and director of Gnosos think tank, stated in an interview with RT that al-Adnani’s death is a setback for IS given his role in Islamic State propaganda and his senior level adding "It will take time for them [ISIL] to replace him, but we shouldn’t be singing chants of joy yet, because [ISIL] probably thought that some of them would have been killed and the replacement would be in the pipeline."[25] The U.S. Department of Defense confirmed on 12 September that al-Adnani had been killed in an airstrike on 30 August near al-Bab.[31][11] After his death al-Adnani was featured on the cover of first issue of new ISIL
ISIL
propaganda magazine called Rumiyah that praised his life as a jihadist and his 'martyrdom'. It repeatedly stated that the killing of al-Adnani will only strengthen the outfit as there are many who will follow his path and replace him. [32] References[edit]

^ "ISI Spokesman Declares Victory Over US, Sets Sights on Iraqi Government Latest Multimedia from Islamic State of Iraq
Islamic State of Iraq
(ISI)". Ent.siteintelgroup.com. Retrieved 2015-08-25.  ^ a b c "Wanted". Rewards for Justice. 2014-08-18. Retrieved 2015-08-25.  ^ https://www.treasury.gov/resource-center/sanctions/OFAC-Enforcement/Pages/20140818.aspx ^ a b c " United Nations Security Council
United Nations Security Council
Adds Names of Six Individuals to Al-Qaida Sanctions List". 15 August 2014. Retrieved 1 October 2014.  ^ a b c "Terrorist Designation of Abu Mohammed al-Adnani". US State Department. 18 August 2014. Retrieved 21 August 2014.  ^ "Isis urges more attacks on Western 'disbelievers'". The Independent. Retrieved 1 October 2014.  ^ a b "Adnani opens fire on everyone". Al-Akhbar. 8 March 2014. Retrieved 30 September 2014.  ^ "IS group unit known as 'Emni' aims to export terror around the world - France 24". 4 August 2016.  ^ "How a Secretive Branch of ISIS Built a Global Network of Killers". The New York Times. 3 August 2016. Retrieved 7 August 2016.  ^ "Rewards for Justice Reward Offers for Information on Islamic State – of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) Terrorists". State.gov. Retrieved 2015-08-25.  ^ a b Pentagon Confirms US Strike in Syria
Syria
Killed ISIL
ISIL
Leader 12 September 2016 ^ a b c "Syria: Jihadist factions close to civil war". Al Akhbar English. Retrieved 1 October 2014.  ^ "Wanted leader of Al-Qaeda-linked group held in Iraq". New Straits Times. Archived from the original on 6 October 2014. Retrieved 1 October 2014.  ^ "How a Secretive Branch of ISIS Built a Global Network of Killers". The New York Times. 4 August 2016.  ^ "Iraq military says ISIS spokesman Adnani wounded: state TV". Reuters. 7 January 2016.  ^ ISIS spokesman Adnani ‘wounded’ in Iraqi airstrike ^ Al-Tamimi, Aymenn Jawad. "An Account of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi
Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi
& Islamic State Succession Lines".  ^ "ISIS audio urges Muslims everywhere to kill 'unbelievers'". CBC News. 21 September 2014. Retrieved 22 September 2014.  ^ Bayoumy, Yara (20 September 2014). "Isis urges more attacks on Western 'disbelievers'". The Independent. Retrieved 30 September 2014.  ^ Abu Mohammad al-Adnani. "Indeed Your Lord Is Ever Watchful". jihadwatch.org. Jihad Watch.  ^ Schmitt, Eric; Barnard, Anne (August 30, 2016). "Senior ISIS Strategist and Spokesman Is Reported Killed in Syria". The New York Times.  ^ "Key Islamic State leader killed in apparent U.S. strike in Syria". Reuters. Retrieved 31 August 2016.  ^ "Russia says it killed Islamic State leader Adnani in Syria". Reuters. 31 August 2016.  ^ "Российский Су-34 уничтожил в Сирии второе лицо в ИГ". RIA Novosti. 31 August 2016.  ^ a b "Russian airstrike killed senior ISIS leader Abu Muhammad al-Adnani – Moscow".  ^ Lack of Coordination: Who in Fact Killed Daesh's Chief Strategist? Sputnik News
Sputnik News
13 September 2016 ^ "Senior ISIS leader, spokesman Adnani killed, reports say". Fox News. Retrieved 30 August 2016.  ^ "US doubts Russia's claim it killed ISIS spokesman". CNN. Retrieved 31 August 2016.  ^ "Russia's claim it killed Islamic State's Adnani 'a joke': U.S. officials". MSN News. Retrieved 31 August 2016.  ^ a b ISIS Says No. 2 Leader Abu Muhammad al-Adnani Is Dead in Syria. Robert Windrem and Tracy Connor. NBC News. 31 August 2016. ^ "Pentagon confirms it killed senior ISIS leader Abu Muhammad al-Adnani". Fox News. Retrieved 12 September 2016.  ^ SITE. "In New Magazine 'Rumiyah,' IS Calls for Lone-Wolf Attacks in Australia, West". news.siteintelgroup.com. Retrieved 2016-09-10. 

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and the Levant

Names of the Islamic State of Iraq
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and the Levant

Leadership

Current

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi Abu Ahmad al-Alwani Abu Fatima al-Jaheishi Abu Muhammad al-Shimali

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Haji Bakr Abu Abdulrahman al-Bilawi Abu Mohannad al-Sweidawi Abdul Rauf Aliza Abu Sayyaf Ali Awni al-Harzi Abu Umar al-Tunisi Abu Khattab al-Tunisi Abu Muslim al-Turkmani Mohammed Emwazi Abu Nabil al-Anbari Abu Ali al-Anbari Abu Waheeb Abu Omar al-Shishani Abu Mohammad al-Adnani Abu Jandal al-Kuwaiti Ahmad Abousamra Turki al-Binali

History

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Timeline of events

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International branches

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(Philippines) Boko Haram
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(West Africa)

Wars

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Syrian Civil War

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(Philippines) al-Qaeda insurgency in Yemen Yemeni Civil War (2015–present) Boko Haram
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insurgency Military intervention against ISIL

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Battles

2013

Akashat ambush Hawija clashes Raqqa campaign (2012–13) Operation al-Shabah Battle of Ras al-Ayn Battle of Tell Abyad Latakia offensive Siege of Menagh Air Base Battle of Sadad Battle of Qalamoun Aleppo offensive (October–December 2013) Anbar campaign (2013–14)

2014

Fall of Fallujah Northern Aleppo offensive (February–July 2014) Battle of Markada Northern Iraq offensive (June 2014) Fall of Mosul Salahuddin campaign First Battle of Tikrit Northern Iraq offensive (August 2014) Siege of Kobanî Sinjar massacre Derna campaign (2014–16) Battle of Baiji Battle of Ramadi (2014–15) Deir ez-Zor offensive (December 2014) Battle of Baiji (2014–15) Sinjar offensive (December 2014) Battle of Zumar Siege of Amirli

2015

Fall of Nofaliya West African offensive February 2015 Egyptian airstrikes in Libya Bosso and Diffa raid Eastern al-Hasakah offensive Second Battle of Tikrit Battle of Sirte Hama and Homs offensive (March–April 2015) Battle of Sarrin (March–April 2015) Battle of Yarmouk Camp Anbar offensive (2015) Qalamoun offensive (May–June 2015) Palmyra offensive (May 2015) Western al-Hasakah offensive Al-Hasakah city offensive (May–June 2015) Tell Abyad offensive
Tell Abyad offensive
(May–July 2015) Battle of Sarrin (June–July 2015) Battle of al-Hasakah Kobanî massacre Palmyra offensive (July–August 2015) Battle of Ramadi (2015–16) Battle of Al-Qaryatayn (August 2015) Al-Hawl offensive Homs offensive (November–December 2015) Sinjar offensive (November 2015) East Aleppo offensive (2015–16) Nineveh Plains offensive Tishrin Dam offensive

2016

Deir ez-Zor offensive (January 2016) Siege of Fallujah (2016) Nangarhar Offensive Battle of Ben Guerdane Ithriyah-Raqqa offensive (February–March 2016) Al-Shaddadi offensive 2016 Khanasir offensive Battle of al-Qaryatayn (March–April 2016) Palmyra offensive (March 2016) Northern Aleppo offensive (March–June 2016) Hīt offensive Battle of Basilan Battle of Sirte Ar-Rutbah offensive Northern Raqqa offensive (May 2016) Battle of Fallujah Manbij offensive Ithriyah-Raqqa offensive (June 2016) Abu Kamal offensive Battle of al-Rai (August 2016) Northern al-Bab offensive (September 2016) Western al-Bab offensive (September 2016) 2016 Dabiq offensive Western al-Bab offensive (October–November 2016) Battle of al-Bab Aleppo offensive (November–December 2016) Palmyra offensive (December 2016)

2017

Battle of Mosul (2016–2017) Raqqa campaign (2016–2017) Palmyra offensive (2017) Deir ez-Zor offensive (January–February 2017) East Aleppo offensive (January–April 2017) Eastern Homs offensive (2017) Hama offensive (2017) Western Nineveh offensive (2017) Battle of Tabqa (2017) Syrian Desert campaign (December 2016–April 2017) Syrian Desert campaign (May–July 2017) Maskanah Plains offensive Battle of Marawi Battle of Raqqa (2017) Southern Raqqa offensive (June 2017) Central Syria
Syria
campaign (2017) Battle of Tal Afar (2017) Hawija offensive (2017) Eastern Syria
Syria
campaign (September–December 2017) 2017 Abu Kamal offensive 2017 Western Iraq campaign

Attacks

2014

Jewish Museum of Belgium shooting Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu ramming attack

2015

Porte de Vincennes siege Beheading of Copts in Libya Corinthia Hotel attack Al Qubbah bombings Bardo National Museum attack Sana'a mosque bombings Jalalabad suicide bombing Curtis Culwell Center attack Qatif and Dammam mosque bombings 26 June 2015 Islamist attacks

Kobanî massacre Saint-Quentin-Fallavier attack Kuwait mosque bombing Sousse attacks

Khan Bani Saad bombing Suruç bombing Baghdad bombing (August) Ankara bombings Metrojet Flight 9268 Beirut bombings Paris attacks (November) Tunis bombing Qamishli bombings

2016

Zliten truck bombing Hurghada attack Istanbul bombing (January) Jakarta attacks Ramadi bombing Mahasin mosque attack Sayyidah Zaynab attack (January) Mosul massacre Homs bombings (February) Sayyidah Zaynab bombings (February) Baghdad bombings (February) Istanbul bombing (March) Brussels bombings Aden car bombing Iskandariya suicide bombing Baghdad bombing (April) Samawa bombing Gaziantep bombing (May) Baghdad bombings (11 May) Real Madrid fan club massacres Baghdad gas plant attack Yemen police bombings (15 May) Baghdad bombings (17 May) Jableh and Tartous bombings (May) Yemen bombings (23 May) Aktobe shootings Magnanville stabbing Mukalla attacks (June) Movida Bar grenade attack Atatürk Airport attack Dhaka attack (July) Karrada bombing Muhammad ibn Ali al-Hadi Mausoleum attack Würzburg train attack Kabul bombing (July) Ansbach bombing Normandy church attack Qamishli bombings (July) Charleroi stabbing Shchelkovo Highway police station attack Aden bombing (August) Syria
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bombings (September) Baghdad bombings (September) Baghdad bombings (October) Quetta police training college attack Hamam al-Alil massacre Khuzdar bombing Samarinda church bombing Kabul suicide bombing (November) Hillah suicide truck bombing (November) Aden suicide bombings (December) Botroseya church bombing Al-Karak attack Berlin attack Baghdad bombings (December)

2017

Istanbul nightclub shooting Baghdad bombings (January) Azaz bombing (January) Kabul Supreme Court attack (February) Sehwan suicide bombing Kabul attack (March) London (Westminster) attack Saint Petersburg Metro bombing Egypt church bombings Mastung suicide bombing Manchester Arena bombing Jakarta bombings Minya attack Al-Faqma bombing London (Southwark) attack Brighton siege Tehran attacks Pakistan bombings (June) Hurghada attack Attack on the Iraqi embassy in Kabul Herat mosque attack Quetta suicide bombing Barcelona attacks Brussels attack (August) Nasiriyah attacks Sinai mosque attack Kabul suicide bombing (December) Saint Menas church attack

2018

Baghdad bombings (January) Save The Children Jalalabad attack Kizlyar church shooting Kabul suicide bombing (March) Carcassonne and Trèbes attack

Politics

Finances Ideology Human rights Genocide of Christians Genocide of Shias Genocide of Yazidis Persecution of queer men Killing of captives Beheading incidents Destruction of cultural heritage

Relations

Iran and ISIL Philippines and ISIL United Kingdom and ISIL Foreign fighters Name changes due to ISIL Portrayal of ISIL
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in American media Connection with Saddam Regime and Baath Party

Society

Members

Terrorist cell in Brussels

Territorial claims

Media of ISIL

Ahlam al-Nasr Al-Bayan Amaq News Agency Dabiq Dar al-Islam Istok Konstantiniyye Rumiyah

Related topics

Worldwide caliphate Defeating ISIS Islamism Millenarianism Sexual violence in the Iraqi insurgency Shia–Sunni relations Slavery in 21st-century

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