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IS 'amir of suicide bombers' killed in coalition air strike

A senior leader of the so-called Islamic State group responsible for coordinating suicide bomb attacks has been killed in a coalition air strike, the US has said.

According to the country's Department of Defence, Tariq bin Tahar al-'Awni al-Harzi was killed in Shaddadi, Syria, on June 16.

Tariq bin Tahar al-'Awni al-Harzi Credit: US State Department

As of the end of 2013, al-Harzi had become known as Islamic State's "amir of suicide bombers", and a $3 million (£1.9m) reward was offered for information which brought him to justice.

Spokesman Captain Jeff Davis revealed 33-year-old al-Harzi had been a key player in moving people and equipment into Syria and Iraq - including suicide bombs and car-borne explosives.

[al-Harzi's] death will impact ISIL's ability to integrate foreign terrorist fighters into the Syrian and Iraqi fight as well as to move people and equipment across the border between Syria and Iraq.

– Captain Jeff Davis, US Department of Defence

His brother, Ali Awni al-Harzi, was also killed in Mosul, Iraq, the day before. He was believed to have been involved in an attack of a US diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, in 2012.

Read: US air strike 'kills militant linked to 2012 Benghazi attack'

US air strike 'kills militant linked to 2012 Benghazi attack'

A US air strike has killed an Islamic State militant believed to have been involved in an attack of a US diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, in 2012, the Pentagon has said.

The air strike on Mosul, Iraq, on June 15 killed Ali Awni al-Harzi who has been named as a "person of interest" in the Benghazi attack which left the US ambassador to Libya and three other American citizens dead.


US Marine found guilty of murdering disabled Iraqi

United States Marine Sergeant Lawrence Hutchins III pictured at his arraignment hearing last year with his wife Reyna Credit: Reuters

US Marine Sergeant Lawrence Hutchins III has been found guilty of murdering a disabled Iraqi civilian in 2006, a Marine Corps official said.

Prosecutors argued that the killing was motivated by a desire to send a message to a resistant Iraqi village.

Hutchins was initially convicted of murder, larceny and making false statements over the killing of the civilian but it was was later overturned.

But he was convicted again on Wednesday on three out of four counts, including murder, following a retrial.

UK's youngest suicide bomber exploited by 'cowards'

The family of British 17-year-old Talha Asmal have expressed "grief" over reports that he has been killed while with Islamic State in Iraq.

Relatives say he was groomed and exploited by militants "too cowardly to do their own dirty work".

However, there are still questions over why he left his Dewsbury home for a life of extremism.

ITV News UK Editor Rohit Kachroo reports from West Yorkshire:


Society 'must be vigilant' to spot radicalisation signs

British society must stay "vigilant" to spot signs of radicalisation in young people, Philip Hammond has said.

Talha Asmal, 17, reportedly became Britain's youngest suicide bomber when he blew himself up while fighting for Islamic State in Iraq.

Speaking about the teenager's death, the foreign secretary said: "Teachers, parents, social workers, people in the community all need to be vigilant and look for signs of early radicalisation."

Ex-extremist: No doubt teen suicide bomber groomed

A man once considered the "godfather" of the British jihadi movement has said there is no doubt a 17-year-old - who has apparently become Britain's youngest suicide bomber - was groomed.

Abu Muntasir, who used to recruit extremists, told Good Morning Britain that Talha Asmal had committed an "abhorrent crime" and said parents need to have more communication with their children to prevent similar tragedies.

"There is grooming, no doubt - I know how we used to convince people by ignoring a lot of facts on the ground, ignoring reality and alternative views amongst Muslims and Muslim teaching," he said.

"So the parents need to have more communication with their children, they need to have more of an overseeing aspect of how to be a good parent.

"It's totally despicable what he (Talha) has done, it is an abhorrent crime, and we should be very careful."

Cooper: Reports of British teen suicide bomber 'very disturbing'

Shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper has said the reports that a British teen has become the UK's youngest suicide bomber after being killed while with Islamic State in Iraq are "very disturbing".

She said: "This is a very disturbing case - and our thoughts are with the families and friends of those who died or were injured in this appalling terrorist attack.

"This case shows how important it is for the Government to have a proper counter-terrorism strategy, which not only includes measures to track, monitor and prosecute terror suspects, but also includes a much stronger plan for community-led action to prevent young people being drawn towards the lies and hate filled ideology of Isil."

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