Chairman Burr Statement on Reported Death of Islamic State Spokesman, Mass Graves Near Sinjar

WASHINGTON – Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, made the following statement on the reported death of Abu Muhammad al-Adnani, official spokesman of the self-proclaimed Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL):

“ISIL continues to ruthlessly kill innocent civilians across the world and is intent on attacking us at home,” said Chairman Burr. “If the reports are accurate, the death of Adnani would remove a significant and influential senior operational planner and likely disrupt some of the group’s attack plotting.

“Today, we also learned from the Associated Press that ISIL may have buried thousands of people in over seventy mass graves after brutally murdering them in front of their families.  As CIA Director John Brennan testified before my committee in June, ISIL remains as dangerous as ever.  We cannot waiver in our continued efforts to disrupt and dismantle those terrorist groups who seek to do us harm.”