The Islamic State has named its new leader after confirming the death of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who was killed in a raid by the United States special forces on 26 October.
Abu Ibrahim al-Hashemi al-Qurayshi was announced as the new leader and “caliph”, according to an ISIS outlet on messaging service Telegram.
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ISIS also confirmed the death of its spokesman, Abu al-Hasan al-Muhajir, who was killed in a separate joint US-Kurdish operation on 27 October.
al-Muhajir, who was a Saudi national, had been considered a potential successor to Baghdadi.
Subsequently, Abu Hamza al-Qurayshi was, in an audio message, announced as the new spokesperson of the terrorist group.
The new spokesperson called on Muslims to swear allegiance to Abu Ibrahim al-Hashemi.
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al-Baghdadi, whose real name was Ibrahim Awwad Ibrahim al-Badri, was declared leader of ISIS in 2014 when the group took control of huge swathes of Iraq and Syria and imposed its rule over the civilian population.
According to US President, Donald Trump, at a press conference, al-Baghdadi died after he detonated a suicide vest in a tunnel as US military operatives approached him.
The US President said Baghdadi died after running into a dead-end tunnel, “whimpering, crying and screaming all the way”, as he was chased by US dogs.
He stated that al-Baghdadi DNA was confirmed 15 minutes after the explosion.