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Islamic State Confirms Death Of Its Chief Propagandist

Islamic State releases videos through Al-Furqan Media, named for the extremist group's chief propagandist, who was killed last month.

The Islamic State extremist group has confirmed the death of its propaganda chief, whom the Pentagon said was killed in a U.S. air strike in Syria's Raqqa Province last month.

A statement posted online by the militant group on October 10 paid tribute to the "martyrdom" of Wa'il Adil Hasan Salman al-Fayad, also known as Abu Mohammed al-Furqan.

The statement did not say when, where, or how he had died.

The Pentagon said last month that a U.S.-led coalition air strike on September 7 had killed Fayad.

It said he was minister of information, overseeing IS's propaganda, and a prominent member of its Senior Shura Council, or leadership group.

IS's statement referred to Fayad as head of its media arm.

The air strike took place near Raqqa, IS's de facto capital in northern Syria, and targeted Fayad while he was on a motorcycle outside his house, the Pentagon said.

Based on reporting by AFP and Reuters