The Islamic State group has announced its new leader in less than a week after Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi blew himself up during a raid by U.S forces. The raid was on his compound in Syria.
Islamic State has confirmed the death of its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in an audio message. They also confirmed the death of the terror organization’s spokesman Abu Hassan al-Muhajir in the U.S operations in northern Syria.
The group’s media arm, Amaq made the announcements in an audio recording which was released on Thursday.
What Did The Audio Message Contain?
The audio media contained a threat to America. It said:
“America, do not be happy with the killing of Sheikh al-Baghdadi. Do you not realize that the State today is not only on the doorstep of Europe and in the center of Africa, it is staying and expanding from the east to the west.”
The announcement of the audio was made by Site Intelligence Group, which monitors the online content of extremist militant groups. The Site said:
“Al-Baghdadi had been succeeded by Abu Ibrahim al-Hashemi al-Qurayshi, who was described as “caliph.”
Who is the New Leader?
Abu Ibrahim al-Hashemi al-Qurayshi is going to be the new leader of ISIS. Till now, very little information is known about him. The audio message also did not reveal much. Al-Baghdadi was from Iraq. Al-Qurayshi’s nationality is not known.
However, the statement did claim that the new caliph is a veteran jihadist fighter who had fought against the US in the past. The inclusion of “al-Qurashi”, it is being made clear that the new caliph claims to be descended from the Prophet Muhammad’s Quraysh tribe; which is a key qualification for becoming a caliph.
The commander of US Central Command, Gen. Frank Mckenzie, said:
“Baghdadi crawled onto a hole with two small children and blew himself up while his people stayed on the ground.”
During the U.S raid, Baghdadi tried to escape from the military operations, but he failed and committed suicide. He died in a dead-end tunnel with two of his children along with him.
According to the reports by the U.S military, Baghdadi was hiding in eastern Syria along the border with his native Iraq. He is said to have used extensive measures to avoid surveillance.
Baghdadi stopped using mobile phones and frequently changed safe houses. He also started to avoid traveling in convoys that might draw attention.