‘Principal architect’ of IS attacks on the West killed in Syria

One of the Islamic State’s top leaders, Abu Mohamed al-Adnani, described by the US as the “principal architect” of the group’s attacks on the West, has been killed in Syria, the jihadist organisation announced.
The United States said coalition forces had carried out an air strike targeting Adnani in Aleppo province on Tuesday and that it was still assessing the results of the raid, but that his death would be a major blow to the group.
One of IS’s most recognised figures, Adnani had called for lone-wolf attacks on civilians using weapons including knives and even vehicles, as happened in Nice on July 14, when a jihadist drove a truck through crowds of revelers, killing 86 people.
IS news agency Amaq said Adnani “was martyred while surveying operations to repel the military campaigns against Aleppo” and pledged to avenge his death.
In Washington, Pentagon spokesman Peter Cook said Adnani “has served as principal architect of ISIL’s external operations and as ISIL’s chief spokesman,” using another name for the group.
“He has coordinated the movement of ISIL fighters, directly encouraged lone-wolf attacks on civilians and members