Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi, the self-described caliph of the ISIS caliphate, is not the US’s most wanted ISIS terrorist. The ISIS director of external communications, Abu Muhammad al-Adnani, is on the top of the kill list.
Al-Adnani is the author of terror murders around the world – 500 since October 10. Despite Barack Obama’s statements that there is no evidence that the San Bernardino terror couple were tied to outside forces, they were apparently connected to al-Adnani. In the least he inspired them.
“He is at the top of the list,” confirmed a senior intelligence official.
“We are tracking him,” said a senior U.S. military official. “We believe he is in Iraq.”
Laith al-Khouri of Flashpoint Intelligence, an NBC counterterrorism analyst, said the rationale for the U.S. interest in killing Adnani is a basic one.
“Adnani has been the main voice behind issuing ISIS threats to the West,” said al-Khouri. He is also dangerous, said al-Khouri, because his charisma draws new followers to the group. “He is so admired and glorified by jihadists worldwide that he stands as a primary point of recruitment.”
He is the ISIS version of Khalid Sheikh Mohammad, the al Qaeda leader who inspired the 9/11/01 attacks. He also okayed the Paris operation through Abdelhamid Abbaaoud who is now dead.
The Syrian native entered Iraq in 2003 and become one of the very first foreign fighters to oppose the United States’ Coalition Forces in Iraq. He eventually swore an oath of allegiance to Abu Musab al-Zarqawi who was the Al Qaeda leader in Iraq – until he was killed by United States fighter bombers. It is believed he was captured in 2005 and taken into custody at a U.S. military-run camp. However, he was released five years later after having been arrested and held at the camp with an alias. When he was released, it was not thought that he was a huge figure with the organization. However, he then started appearing as a media spokesman for the terrorist group.
This is one of al-Adnani’s “communications”. He’s miserable creature – Nazi-like.