Is the list really getting shorter? Only God knows:
Washington (CNN) – The Pentagon said Monday that the “military emir of Anbar” Abu Wahib was targeted in what the Pentagon believes was a “successful” coalition airstrike.The attack took place on May 6 near Rutbah in Western Iraq.Abu Wahib, a key ISIS figure, was traveling with three others in a vehicle at the time of the strike, Pentagon spokesman Peter Cook said.“ISIL leadership has been hit hard by coalition efforts and this is another example of that,” Cook said, using another term for ISIS. “It is dangerous to be an ISIL leader in Iraq and Syria these days and for good reason.”
Pentagon reporter Barbara Starr cautioned viewers that in the past reports of Mr. Wahib’s death have been premature. Only his insurance agent knows for sure:
On 6 May 2016, the Pentagon said Abu Waheeb was killed along with three others in a vehicle by a US airstrike that targeted an ISIS gathering in the center of Rutba, which is the eighth time there has been an announcement of his death.
Supposedly Wahib had been a member of al-Qaeda in Iraq (AQI) from the get go, but there is no mention of him in Michael Weiss’s analytical book on ISIS and its formation. Mr. Wahib’s insurance agent could not be reached for comment.