Turki al-Binali, one of the senior IS leaders, was killed in an air strike of the International Coalition in the Syrian city of Raqqa in the past 48 hours.
He was chief religious advisor to the hate-filled extremist group whose arrival in Syria on February 28, 2014 was celebrated by ISIS militants.
Al-Binali had been in line to replace ISIS’ second-incomand Abu Muhammad al-Adnani, who died last month.
Al-Binali grew up in the city of Muharraq in Bahrain before going on to study at the College of Islamic and Arabic Studies in Dubai.
A year and a half into his studies, al-Binali’s home in Sharjah was raided by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and he was arrested and deported to Bahrain.
The news was reported on Al Arabiya’s website this afternoon.
The Ministry of Defence told Daily Star Online that they do not currently have a statement on the religious leader’s death.
Binali is believed to direct the group’s Research and Fatwa Department, which has released pamphlets outlining the religious justifications for raping female Yazidi slaves, according to counterextremism.com.
The US classified Turki Mubarak Abdullah Ahmad Al-Binali as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist on February 11, 2016. The UN added him to its ISIL Sanctions List on April 20, 2016.
The Islamist preacher’s citizenship was taken away by the Bahrain Ministry of Interior in 2015.
Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, another high-ranking ISIS leader, was critically injured in a coalition airstrike in January.
A key communications officer, a.k.a. the “liar-in-chief” of ISIS was killed yesterday.
ISIS is said to be losing its grip on its Iraqi HQ Mosul.