Pentagon confirms infamous “scumbag” Islamic State executioner killed

Abu Wahib

The notorious Islamic State leader, who was instrumental in the group’s series of military victories in Iraq’s western Anbar province, is now dead.

Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook announced that on May 6, a coalition airstrike took out  ISIL leader, Abu Wahib, as he traveled near the town of Rutbah in western Iraq.

Three other jihadists were also killed in the strike.

According to the Washington Post, Wahib was a ‘legacy member’ of Islamic State.

“He started out with the group’s earlier iteration, al-Qaeda in Iraq, before being detained by U.S. forces in the mid-2000s. He was transferred to an Iraqi prison after the U.S. withdrawal in 2011 and was broken out shortly after.”

Cook told reporters during Monday’s press briefing that the US and its allies are going to apply pressure in any as many fronts as possible to harm ISIS’ ability to conduct operations in the region.

“It is dangerous to be an ISIL leader in Iraq and Syria these days and for good reason,” he said.

Wahib, who was described as one of the most “colorful” and most “brutal” commanders in the Islamic State, was media-savvy and  “obsessively image-conscious”.

The notorious leader has appeared in ISIL execution videos, Cook said.

Army Col. Steve Warren, spokesman for Operation Inherent Resolve, said, “He was not super high ranking within the hierarchy…but he was one of the worst,” during a live interview on Facebook.

He described Wahib as a “dirty scumbag” who would pull over random Iraqi civilians and execute them on camera after giving them a religious test.

His death is another blow to the terrorist organization’s leadership that will “further degrade its ability to operate, eespecially in Anbar province.”

Wahib, believed to be about 30, was once a computer programmer in Iraq. He reportedly styled himself after Abu Musab al-Zarqawi — one of the Islamic State’s founding figures  — who was killed in a US airstrike in 2006.

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