Led coalition airstrikes kill top ISIS cleric

Evrard Martin
Juin 21, 2017

Reports of Binali's death had circulated earlier this month, but there was no official confirmation until the statement.

Al-Bin'ali, who called himself "Grand Mufti", was killed in an airstrike on May 31 in Mayadin, Syria, according to a news release from the Combined Joint Task Force - Operation Inherent Resolve.

Turki al-Bin'ali, the Grand Mufti or chief cleric of the Islamic State group (ISIS), was killed in an airstrike in Syria last month, the US -led coalition said on Tuesday.

Al-Bin'ali appeared in numerous ISIS propaganda videos as one of the group's most visible preachers, and was sanctioned by the US for helping recruit foreign fighters. He further served as the head of the group's religious compliance police and recruited foreign fighters.

Binali also supplied propaganda encouraging murder and other atrocious acts to extremists, and spent a considerable amount of time trying to legitimise the formation of the so-called "caliphate".

In 2015, Bahrain's Ministry of Interior revoked his citizenship.

The coalition said Bin'ali was killed in the Syrian town of Mayadeen.

The May 29 strike killed Rayan Mashaal, also known as Baraa Kadek, according to local Syrian activists, though the coalition has not yet confirmed that.

More than 320,000 people have been killed in Syria since the conflict began in March 2011 with anti-government protests before spiralling into a war that has drawn in jihadists and foreign powers.

According to the United Nations Secretary Council, al-Bin'ali also provided literature for ISIS training camps and was closely involved in settling disputes within the group.

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