Islamic State group announces successor to al-Baghdadi

In this undated handout image provided by the Department of Defense, ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is seen in an unspecified location. (Photo by Department of Defense via Getty Images)

BEIRUT (AP) β€” The Islamic State group is mourning the death of its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and has announced a successor in a new audio release.

The group identified the new leader as Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi in the audio released Thursday by the IS central media arm, al-Furqan Foundation.

The speaker in the audio also confirmed the death of Abu Hassan al-Muhajir, a close aide of al-Baghdadi and a spokesman for the group.

Al-Muhajir was killed in a joint U.S. operation with Kurdish forces in Jarablus, in northern Syria on Sunday, hours after al-Baghdadi blew himself up during a U.S. raid in Syria’s northwestern Idlib province.

The speaker named Abu Hamza al-Qurashi urged followers to pledge allegiance to the new Caliph and addressed the Americans saying; “Don’t rejoice.”

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4 comments

  • Ej

    Does every terrorist group have a hotline to AP or the communist news network (CNN) ? It’s all propaganda just like the communist projection campaign we have been witnessing for 3yrs. Their new leadership is probably sitting in a 5 star hotel in Qatar like those directing the global terrorists.

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