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ISIS’s second-in-command hid in Syria for months. The day he stepped out, the U.S. was waiting. | The Washington Post

ISIS’s second-in-command hid in Syria for months. The day he stepped out, the U.S. was waiting. | The Washington Post

For a man given to fiery rhetoric and long-winded sermons, Abu Muhammad al-Adnani became oddly quiet during his last summer as the chief spokesman for the Islamic State.

The Syrian who exhorted thousands of young Muslims to don suicide belts appeared increasingly obsessed with his own safety, U.S. officials say. He banished cellphones, shunned large meetings and avoided going outdoors in the daytime. He began sleeping in crowded tenements in a northern Syrian town called al-Bab, betting on the presence of young children to shield him from the drones prowling the skies overhead.

Source: ISIS’s second-in-command hid in Syria for months. The day he stepped out, the U.S. was waiting. – The Washington Post