Warplanes from the US-led coalition bombed an Islamic State (ISIS) media center on Tuesday. According to local activists, the air raid occurred in central Mosul city, in Iraq’s northwestern Nineveh Governorate.
The targeted media center hosted media workers from jihadi al-Bayan Radio and the Amaq News Agency. Both outfits are major outlets for ISIS propaganda in the region.
At least 13 pro-ISIS journalists and media workers were killed in the airstrike, including Abu Ibrahim al-Tounsi, an editor at the Amaq News Agency.
Abdullah al-Malla, a media activist, told ARA News in Mosul: “The coalition struck this media office for its key role in broadcasting ISIS propaganda.” Al-Malla added that the airstrike caused significant structural damage to the building.
“A huge fire covered the building subsequent to the airstrike. Most of the staff who were inside the building lost their lives,” Al-Malla reported.
Jihadi Officials Under Fire
Over the last two months, the coalition has eliminated many senior officials in the Islamic State’s propaganda arm.
On September 16, Wa’il Adil Hasan Salman al-Fayad, the Information Minister of the Islamic State, was reported dead after an airstrike incinerated his house in Raqqa City. Raqqa is the de facto capital of ISIS in Syria.
Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook said: “Wa’il oversaw [ISIS’] production of terrorist propaganda videos showing torture and executions.”
Wa’il’s official position actually belied his importance with ISIS. He was a veteran jihadist and a close associate of Abu Mohamed al-Adnani, the ISIS spokesman who was killed on August 30.