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    Rapper-Turned-ISIS Fighter Killed in Syria: Pentagon
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    Picture taken on May 5, 2012 shows former German rapper Denis Cuspert (C) among salafi in Bonn, Germany.

    A German rapper who joined ISIS in 2012 and was labeled a "global terrorist" has been killed in an airstrike, according to the Pentagon, NBC News reported.

    The rapper — born Denis Cuspert — had performed under the name "Deso Dogg" and since joining ISIS gone by the name Abu Talha al-Almani.

    Cuspert, who appeared in numerous propaganda videos for ISIS — including one where he appeared to be holding the severed head of a man executed for opposing the terror group — was killed in an Oct. 16 airstrike near Raqqa, Syria, Department of Defense spokeswoman Elissa Smith said.

    "Cuspert was a foreign terrorist fighter and operative for ISIL who used social media to take advantage of disaffected youth and potential Western recruits," she said in a brief statement, using another name for ISIS. "He publicly threatened the president of the United States and German citizens; he also encouraged Western Muslims to conduct attacks."