Spokesman? Defense Minister? CNN brands ISIS terrorists as ‘officials’
“US intensifies search for ISIS officials,” says an on-screen title of the report by CNN's Barbara Starr released on Monday. The first shot in the report shows us Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) leader who has recently ordered attacks on the anti-IS coalition. He is apparently the main IS official, according to CNN.
However, al-Baghdadi is not the only IS terrorist who has been granted “official” status. CNN managed to find “six other senior IS officials” among the extremists.
CNN provided a photo of another Islamic State “official” - Abu Mohammad al-Adnani, a militant photographed with a Kalashnikov. According to the network, this “official” and the “key man” may be directing IS attacks in Iraq and Syria.
Both al-Baghdadi and al-Adnani are officially recognized as terrorists by the US State Department.