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German rapper turned ISIS fighter killed in US airstrike

Denis Cuspert before he joined the terrorist group
Denis Cuspert before he joined the terrorist group

A US air strike in Syria has killed a one-time German rapper described by authorities as a "foreign terrorist fighter" who had publicly threatened Barack Obama, according to US defence officials.

Denis Cuspert was designated a global terrorist this year by the State Department, and Defence Department spokesman Major James Brindle said Cuspert was killed during an air strike near Raqqah on October 16.

“I can confirm that an October 16 strike near Raqa killed Denis Cuspert,” US Defence Department spokeswoman Elissa Smith said.

Maj Brindle said Cuspert was a foreign terrorist fighter and operative for Islamic State who used social media to take advantage of disaffected youth and potential Western recruits.

“Cuspert was a foreign terrorist fighter and operative for ISIL who used social media to take advantage of disaffected youth and potential Western recruits,” Smith said, using an alternative name for the IS group.

He added that Cuspert publicly threatened Mr Obama and German citizens and encouraged western Muslims to conduct attacks on behalf of IS.

Cuspert used the stage name Deso Dogg but ended his rap career in 2010 after converting to Islam.