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ISIS names new leader following al-Baghdadi’s death

In an audio message, the terrorist group called on its followers to rally around new leader Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Quraishi.

The Islamic State flag. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.
The Islamic State flag. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

The Islamic State has named Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Quraishi as its next leader, succeeding Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who detonated a suicide vest and killed himself after being detected in a U.S. special forces’ operation in Syria last weekend, reported NBC News.

In an audio message released on Thursday, the terrorist group called on its followers to rally around the new leader and threaten the United States.

Al-Baghdadi led ISIS from 2010 until his death on Saturday, when U.S. forces raided his compound in Syria, leading to the capture of ISIS members, along with the death of al-Baghdadi and what is now reported to be two (and not three) of his children.

U.S. President Donald Trump announced on Tuesday that former Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s replacement has also been killed by U.S. troops.

“Just confirmed that Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s number one replacement has been terminated by American troops,” tweeted Trump. “Most likely would have taken the top spot. Now he is also Dead!”

Trump did not give the name of the person killed or any further details.

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