U.S. Officials: Russia’s Claim It Killed IS’s Adnani ‘A Joke’

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -
Abu Muhammed al-Adnani (SITE Intel Group via AP)
Abu Muhammed al-Adnani (SITE Intel Group via AP)

Moscow’s claim that Russian airstrikes in Syria had killed Islamic State spokesman Abu Muhammad al-Adnani is false, U.S. defense officials told Reuters on Wednesday.

“Russia’s claim is a joke,” one of the U.S. defense officials said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

The Pentagon on Tuesday said it had targeted Adnani, who Islamic State has said was killed in Aleppo province.