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2 Weeks Later, US Says It Killed Abu Muhammad al-Adnani, ISIS' Second-in-Command

But Russia has also claimed it killed the terrorist group's main spokesman

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    Abu Muhammad al-Adnani is the director of external affairs for ISIS – and the leading target for U.S. military and intelligence officials.

    The Pentagon said Monday it has confirmed that a U.S. airstrike killed ISIS' second-in-command, Abu Muhammad al-Adnani, despite Russia's insistence last month that it was one of its planes that killed him, NBC News reported.

    ISIS itself has already said al-Adnani, who also served as the terrorist group's main spokesman, died in the Aug. 30 strike in al-Bab in Syria's devastated Aleppo province.

    But the Defense Department said at the time that it hadn't been able to nail that down.

    On Monday, Pentagon press secretary Peter Cook said that "the U.S. precision airstrike" specifically targeted al-Adnani and removed ISIS' "chief propagandist, recruiter and architect of external terrorist operations."