- The Washington Times - Friday, October 30, 2015

A well-known German rapper who converted to Islam and became a prominent propagandist for the Islamic State terrorist group was killed by a U.S. airstrike this month, U.S. officials said.

An official told CNN the Islamic State recruit, Denis Cuspert, also known as Aby Talha al-Almani, was killed while he was traveling in a vehicle in Syria earlier this month.

Cuspert had also gone by the name “Deso Dogg” as a rapper in Berlin.

He traveled to fight Jihad in Syria after converting to Islam and becoming involved with Millatu Ibrahim, a pro-Jihadi group in Germany founded by Mohamed Mahmoud, an Austrian jihadi who has also become a prominent figure for the Islamic State in Syria, CNN reported.

A message posted on the Facebook page of a Raqqa resident on Oct. 17 claimed Cuspert was killed in a pickup truck the day before by missiles fired by two coalition planes near a gas station in Hunaida on the road between Raqqa and al-Tabqa, according to Florian Flade, a German terrorism expert who has tracked Cuspert.

He was killed two days before his 40th birthday.

The State Department named Cuspert a “specially designated global terrorist” in February

He had joined the Islamic State group in 2012 and had appeared in several of the group’s propaganda videos, the department said. In one video, he appeared to be holding a severed head.

The State Department said he served as an Islamic State recruiters “with special emphasis on recruiting German speakers to ISIL.”

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