>> Islamic State reeling following the death of one of its top commanders. A US air strike killing Abu Muhammad al-Adnani in Syria, underscoring the coalition effort to dismember the jihadist group, deprive it of territory, and eliminate its ability to plan and inspire attacks in the West. Reuters' Angus McDowell.
>> Not only was Adnani the most visible member of Islamic State, thanks to his role as its spokesman. But he had also become the man that he had put in charge of what he called external operation. That is the planning and inspiration of attacks in other countries.>> Earlier this summer, Iraqi forces pushed ISIS out of the city of Fallujah and are now preparing to assault the group in Mosul.
In Syria, US-backed Kurdish fighters have pushed ISIS out of strongholds along the Turkish border. And in Libya, the jihadists were pushed from the city of Sirte.>> Adnani's death comes at a moment when Islamic State was already being pressed on to the back foot. In both Iraq and Syria, it has suffered territorial losses that have posed a strategic threat and threatened to take away cities of symbolic importance.
>> Adnani was part of the core group of Al Qaeda militants who along with the group's leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, originally founded Islamic State.