The Islamic State (IS) announced that its spokesman, Abu Muhammad al-'Adnani, was killed while "surveying the military operations" in Aleppo, Syria, and threatened revenge against the "filthy cowards in the sect of disbelief, and the carrier of the banner of the Cross in it".

The statement, which came shortly after the IS' 'Amaq News Agency reported his death, was published by the group's Aleppo Province, and was distributed on Telegram and Twitter on August 30, 2016. In declaring revenge, the IS said that a generation raised in IS-held territory will take action, and that it is a generation where "the blood of the sheikhs will only make it more firm on the path of jihad and determination to take revenge and assault".

Following is a translation of the message:

Islamic State
Aleppo Province

Breaking: Martyrdom of Sheikh Mujahid Abu Muhammad al-‘Adnani, the Spokesman for the Islamic State

26 Dhul-Qa’dah 1437

In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful

Praise be to Allah, the Lord of the Worlds. Peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, and upon his family and all of his Companions. And thereafter:

The Almighty said: “If a wound (and killing) has touched you, be sure a similar wound (and killing) has touched the others. And so are the days (good and not so good), We give to men by turns, that Allah may test those who believe, and that He may take martyrs from among you. And Allah likes not the wrong-doers. * And that Allah may test (or purify) the believers (from sins) and destroy the disbelievers. * Do you think that you will enter Paradise before Allah tests those of you who fought (in His Cause) and (also) tests those who are patient?” [Al-Imran: 140-142]

After a journey filled with sacrifice and defense against disbelief and its party, the lion-like knight Abu Muhammad al-‘Adnani al-Shami dismounted, to join the caravan of martyred leaders, the caravan of the heroes who waged jihad and were patience on the command of Allah, and preserved against the enemies of Allah, and remained garrisoned on the fronts of Islam, and spoke the truth aloud while the death lied in wait for them.

The Sheikh dismounted during his surveying the military operations in Aleppo Province, and truly we are from Allah and to Him we return. May Allah accept the Husseini Qurashi sheikh, and let him dwell in the spacious Gardens of Paradise with the prophets, the truthful, the martyrs, and the righteous, and how excellent as those companions. We ask Allah to reward us in our calamity and grant us a better successor, and to honor the Sheikh with that which he wished, and to accept him among the martyrs, and to record his reward and wage for him, and to comfort his parents and dear brothers.

We give glad tidings to the filthy cowards in the sect of disbelief, and the carrier of the banner of the Cross in it, with what will deprive them of sleep in their beds. A generation was born in the Islamic State and it was raised in pride and honor, and it does not accept humiliation, and it loves death more than life; it is a generation that divorced this life and desires to obtain that which Allah promised it in the hereafter, and the blood of the sheikhs will only make it more firm on the path of jihad and determination to take revenge and assault.



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