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US News ISIS Names New Leader and Confirms al-Baghdadi’s Death

11:25  01 november  2019
11:25  01 november  2019 Source:   msn.com

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Days after the Islamic State’ s leader , Abu Bakr al - Baghdadi , and his heir apparent were killed in back-to-back attacks by United States forces in northern Syria, the group broke its silence on Thursday to confirm their deaths , announce a new leader and warn America: “Do not be happy.”.

The jihadist organisation confirmed that their leader Abu Bakr al - Baghdadi and chief spokesman had died after the US announced the deaths earlier this week.

a man riding a bike down a dirt road: The site where Abu Hassan al-Muhajir, who had been considered a potential successor to Mr. al-Baghdadi, was killed in an American airstrike on Sunday. © Aref Tammawi/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images The site where Abu Hassan al-Muhajir, who had been considered a potential successor to Mr. al-Baghdadi, was killed in an American airstrike on Sunday.

Days after the Islamic State’s leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, and his heir apparent were killed in back-to-back attacks by United States forces in northern Syria, the group broke its silence on Thursday to confirm their deaths, announce a new leader and warn America: “Do not be happy.”

In an audio recording uploaded on the Telegram app, the Islamic State mourned the loss of Mr. al-Baghdadi, who led the organization for nearly a decade, and its spokesman, Abu Hassan al-Muhajir, who was killed a day after Mr. al-Baghdadi and who had widely been considered a potential successor.

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Mr. al - Baghdadi ’ s death came eight months after American-led forces in Syria seized the last remnants of the territory once held by the Islamic State, which at its “Nobody — and I mean nobody outside a likely very small circle within ISIS — have any idea who their new leader ‘Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi

Mr. al - Baghdadi ’ s death came eight months after American-led forces in Syria seized the last remnants of the territory once held by the Islamic State, which at its The Islamic State announcement said that Mr. al - Baghdadi had been succeeded as leader by Abu Ibrahim al-Hashemi al-Qurayshi, whom it

The audio recording was the first word from the Islamic State confirming the death of its leader, which President Trump triumphantly announced on Sunday as a huge blow to the world’s most fearsome terrorist group.

Mr. Trump and Pentagon officials said Mr. al-Baghdadi had blown himself up with a suicide vest, also killing two children, after he had been cornered on Saturday in a dead-end tunnel during an American military raid in a northern Syrian village. Mr. al-Muhajir was killed on Sunday in an airstrike elsewhere in northern Syria.

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Mr. al-Baghdadi’s death came eight months after American-led forces in Syria seized the last remnants of the territory once held by the Islamic State, which at its height spanned an area the size of Britain across parts of Syria and Iraq.

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Mr. al - Baghdadi ’ s death came eight months after American-led forces in Syria seized the last remnants of the territory once held by the Islamic State, which at its The Islamic State announcement said that Mr. al - Baghdadi had been succeeded as leader by Abu Ibrahim al-Hashemi al-Qurayshi, whom it

Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS ) has officially named a successor to its leader Al - Baghdadi , following the US raid on his hideout, thus confirming that the notorious terrorist leader was indeed killed in the operation.

The Islamic State announcement said that Mr. al-Baghdadi had been succeeded as leader by Abu Ibrahim al-Hashemi al-Qurayshi, whom it identified as the “emir of the believers” and “caliph.”

Almost nothing is publicly known about Mr. al-Qurayshi, including his real name, and counterterrorism analysts were scrambling Thursday to try to figure out who he is.

“Nobody — and I mean nobody outside a likely very small circle within ISIS — have any idea who their new leader ‘Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Qurayshi’ is,” Paul Cruickshank, editor of the CTC Sentinel at the Combating Terrorism Center, said in a tweet on Thursday. “The group has not yet released any meaningful biographical details which might allow analysts to pinpoint his identity.”

Daniele Raineri, a journalist and analyst who has been studying the Islamic State’s leadership structure for more than a decade, said that ISIS leaders often acquire a new nom de guerre with the appointment to a new position, meaning Mr. al-Qurayshi may have had a completely different name last week.

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The late ISIS leader Abu Bakr al - Baghdadi in an undated picture released this week by the Pentagon. Defense.gov hide caption. The Islamic State Thursday confirmed the death of its founder and leader Abu Bakr al - Baghdadi , and announced a successor.

Terror group confirms death of Baghdadi and says he has been replaced by Abu Ibrahim al -Hashimi al -Qurayshi.

The al-Qurayshi appellation at the end of his name indicates that he is being portrayed as a descendant of the Quraysh tribe of the Prophet Muhammad, a lineage that the Islamic State considers to be a prerequisite for becoming a caliph, or ruler of a Muslim theocracy.

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Militant Islamist fighters take part in a military parade along the streets of northern Raqqa province, June 2014. REUTERS/Stringer

Its use indicates that the Islamic State, also known as ISIS, ISIL and Daesh, continues to see itself as a caliphate — even if one with practically no territory.

“It shows that while the world is ready to pronounce the Islamic State dead and finished, the group’s core leadership continues to believe it can operate much as it has in the past,” said Colin P. Clarke, a senior fellow at the Soufan Center, a research organization in New York.

“The suggestion is that nothing changes, allegiance should still be to the leadership, and affiliates and franchises should continue to look to al-Qurayshi for guidance on how to operate,” he said.

The announcement, in a seven-minute, 37-second recording, was coupled with a warning to the United States not to gloat over killing Mr. al-Baghdadi, who oversaw beheadings of American hostages and other atrocities.

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Isis has named its new leader following the death of former “caliph” Abu Bakr al - Baghdadi . The terrorist group announced that he had been replaced It came five days after Baghdadi blew himself up during a US raid on his hideout in Syria’ s Idlib province. Isis ’ s message also confirmed the death

ISIS has confirmed the death of its leader Abu Bakr al - Baghdadi on Thursday, four days after President Donald Trump said the terror chief killed The speech provides little information about the new leader or spokesperson, with both names actually noms de guerre that mask their real identity

“Do not be happy America, for the death of Sheikh al-Baghdadi, and do not forget the cups of death at his hands, may God accept him,” the announcement said.

It boasted of the group’s disciples and expansion beyond the Middle East, even as its core territory in Iraq and Syria was reduced to nil: “Don’t you see America that the State is now on the threshold of Europe and Central Africa?”

Records of wire transfers and the testimony of captured fighters in the Democratic Republic of Congo indicate that ISIS has set up a base of operation in the Central African country.

The announcement also took aim at the leadership of Mr. Trump, admonishing the United States: “Don’t you see how you became the laughingstock of the nations, and an old and crazy man controls your fate, whose opinion changes between morning and evening?”

The announcement implied that the Islamic State hierarchy had convened in order to discuss the successor question and suggested that he had been handpicked in advance by Mr. al-Baghdadi: “The sheikhs of the mujahedeen agreed, after consulting with their brothers and acting upon the recommendation of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, to pledge allegiance to the sheikh and mujahid, the scholar, doer and worshiper Abu Ibrahim al-Hashemi al-Qurayshi,” the announcement said.

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To the Editor: Re “ Leader of Islamic State Dies in Raid, U. S . Says” (front page, Oct. 28): Thanks to the hard work, dedication and courage of the special forces of the U. S . military, the murderous leader of ISIS is dead .

Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al - Baghdadi is seen in an undated picture released by the U. S . Department of Defense. DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE/Reuters. The Islamic State group declared a new leader Thursday after it confirmed the death of its leader Abu Bakr al - Baghdadi days earlier in

Devorah Margolin, a senior research fellow at George Washington University’s program on extremism, said that the fact a shura, or governing council, had selected the new leader “shows the ISIS bureaucracy is still in place. “ She added: “We should not underestimate them.”

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A vehicle of the Islamic State militants used for suicide car bombing is pictured along a road in Raqqa, Syria October 18, 2017.

The announcement also called upon supporters to pledge allegiance to the new leader, a ritual that took new meaning under Mr. al-Baghdadi’s reign, as attackers around the world recorded video pledges of fealty to the caliph before carrying out killings.

Counterterrorism officials said to expect in the coming weeks a string of videos pledging allegiance from ISIS affiliates in Afghanistan, Sinai, the Philippines and other far-flung insurgent hot spots.

“This will possibly be followed by a message from the new leader,” said Laith Alkouri of the business risk consulting company Flashpoint Global Partners, who monitors the group’s online messages. “He’s inherited the burden of leading the group and he needs to put on a show to maintain the morale of the support base.”

Mr. Clarke added, “This selection of the new leader is a way for ISIS to link its past with the future it will promise its adherents and followers.”

Intelligence officials and analysts were trying to make sense of the announcement and to place the announced successor among the known cadre of the Islamic State. Some speculated that Abu Ibrahim al-Hashemi may be a new nom de guerre of Hajji Abdullah, who appears in recently recovered internal Islamic State records archived by Aymenn al-Tamimi, a researcher.

“It could be to create confusion or for operational security reasons,” said Aaron Zelin, a fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.

The recent announcement by the State Department of a $5 million reward for information leading to his capture was a sign of the importance that the United States placed on him.

Besides the new leader, the Islamic State announcement also proclaimed a new spokesman, identified as Abu Hamza al-Qurayshi, again using a name indicating a lineage from the Prophet’s tribe, and setting up another potential successor.

“Those names are the most generic names I can think of in a long time,” Mr. Raineri said. “This trick is obfuscating on purpose the possible links to people we know.”

Karam Shoumali, Evan Hill and Rick Gladstone contributed reporting.

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