List of ISIS senior terrorists killed in Iraq and Syria so far

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List of ISIS senior terrorists killed in Iraq and Syria so far

BEIRUT: (APP) US-led air strikes have killed several senior figures in the Islamic State group since April, the latest being Abu Mohamed al-Adnani, described as the "principal architect" of extremists attacks on the West.

Coalition aircraft have also targeted Al-Nusra Front, the former Syrian branch of the extremists group Al-Qaeda, rebranded in July as Fateh al-Sham Front.

Here is a short list of departed warlords:

On Tuesday, the IS announced via its news service Amaq that Abu Mohamed al-Adnani, a Syrian national, had died in Aleppo province of northern Syria and pledged to avenge his death.

Pentagon spokesman Peter Cook, used an alternative name for IS, said an air strike near Al-Bab had targeted Adnani, describing him as the "principal architect of ISIL's external operations and... ISIL's chief spokesman".

A US defence official who declined to be named linked Adnani to attacks in Brussels, Istanbul and Paris, and said that if true, his death was "a very significant blow for ISIL".

The US had offered $5 million for information that led to him.

On July 13, Amaq announced the death of senior IS commander Omar al-Shishani, also known as "Omar the Chechen", near Mosul in northern Iraq. The Pentagon confirmed that coalition aircraft had targetted the IS leader, but not that he had been killed.

Known for ruthless tactics and his thick red beard, Shishani, whose Georgian name was Tarkhan Batirashvili, was one of the most sought IS leaders in Syria, described by US officials who put a $5-million bounty on his head as the group's de facto defence minister.

On May 6, another airstrike killed Abu Wahib, "military emir" of IS for the vast western Iraqi province of Anbar, near the town of Rutba.

Abu Wahib, a former Al-Qaeda militant and three other IS extremist died when their vehicle was hit, and Pentagon spokesman Cook said he was considered "a significant leader in ISIL leadership overall, not just in Anbar province".

Wahib had appeared in chilling IS execution videos and did not mask his identity despite the clear risk to his security.

On March 25, US Defence Secretary Ashton Carter announced that Abd ar-Rahman Mustafa al-Qaduli, believed to be number two in the IS leadership, had been "eliminated" during a US operation in Syria. Carter also referred to Aqduli as Haji Imam.

The US Justice Department had offered a bounty of up to $7 million for information leading to Qaduli, identified as the group's finance minister and a key figure behind some foreign plots.

On March 31, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said a US drone strike had killed Abu al-Hija, a high-ranking Tunisian IS leader who was heading to Aleppo province on orders of IS chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, for whom the US has offered a $10-million reward.

On April 3, Al-Nusra Front spokesman Abu Firas al-Suri, also known as

Radwane Nammous, died when US planes attacked a training camp in the northwestern Syrian province of Idlib.

In late July, the former Al-Qaeda affiliate announced it was breaking ties with the jihadist network, and that it would now call itself Jabhat Fateh al-Sham (Front of the Conquest of Syria).