TSG Report Quoted on International Business Times: ISIS: Islamic State Kidnapper-in-Chief Amr al-Absi ‘Killed in Aleppo’
March 4, 2016
International Business Times
By: Umberto Bacchi
A leading Islamic State (Isis) operative in Syria who oversaw numerous abductions, including those of some Western journalists, has been killed in an airstrike, according to a monitoring group. Amr al-Absi, a Saudi-born Syrian who became infamous as the “kidnapper-in-chief” of IS (Daesh) was killed in Aleppo, said Site Intelligence Group…
According to a 2014 report by the US-based Soufan Group, Absi directed IS’s online propaganda machine controlling “an army of writers, bloggers and researchers who monitor global media, in particular social media”.
He joined IS after his elder brother as the group was still a branch of al-Qaeda in the early stages of Syria’s civil war. After his sibling was killed Absi took over a leadership role at the head of a jihadi brigade near Homs, which soon became infamous for kidnappings…
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