French 'voice of IS' Fabien Clain killed in Syria's Baghouz
Fabien Clain was the voice of Islamic State for his home country of France. In November 2015 the capital Paris, was attacked by extremists who blew themselves up outside the national stadium and opened fire on cafe diners, killing 130 people.
In a recording released the day after the Paris attack, Clain, one of Europe's most-wanted members of the extremist group, announced IS was responsible.
He was killed in a strike by the US-led military coalition in Syria, the coalition announced Thursday on twitter. Coalition spokesman Col. Sean Ryan stated the strike on Baghouz took place Feb. 20, but released no further information on how Clain was killed or how his remains were identified.
French authorities did not comment on the coalition announcement, but had said last week they were verifying reports of Clain's death.
IS, which at the height of its power stretched from the edges of Aleppo in Syria to just north of the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, is now fighting to hold on to its last square mile in the village of Baghouz in eastern Syria.
"Eight brothers with explosive belts and assault rifles targeted places chosen with the greatest care ahead of time in the heart of the French capital," he said in the Paris attacks announcement.
Clain's voice was last heard in a condemnation of France's yellow vest protesters at the end of December. He called on them to turn against their government, "which spends your money indiscriminately" and claimed much of it was funding wars abroad.
He and his brother, Jean Michel Clain, left France for IS-held territories in 2014. Fabien Clain was accompanied by his wife and three children as well as several friends.
Five years earlier, he was sentenced to five years in prison for his role in a network that sent recruits to fight with jihadis in Iraq.
Before heading to France, Clain reportedly bought more than 3,500 euros worth of studio recording equipment at a store in the south of France.
Clain was born in Toulouse, France in 1978 and raised in Normandy. He converted to Islam from Catholicism in his early 20s. His younger brother Jean-Michel, his half-sister and his mother also converted.