Islamic State leader ‘in charge of gruesome execution videos’ killed in US air strike

One of Islamic State’s most senior leaders, who oversaw the group’s gruesome execution videos, has been killed in a US air strike in Syria.

Wa’il Adil Hasan Salman al-Fayad, often referred to as Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant’s (Isil) information minister, was hit in a targeted strike on his motorcycle outside his home in Raqqa.

He is thought to be one of the group’s top five figures and was chosen earlier this month to replace Mohammed al-Adnani, the group’s spokesman and chief of propaganda, who was also killed in a US air strike nine days earlier.