ISIS confirms leader’s death and announces successor

The Islamic State militant group on Thursday (10/3) confirmed the death of its former leader and announced a new leader, Abu Al-Hassan al-Hashemi Al-Quraishi.

The SITE intelligence group which monitors extremist activity online reported that ISIS spokesman Abu Umar al-Muhajir, in a speech posted online made an announcement acknowledging the death of former leader Abu Ibrahim Al-Hashemi Al-Quraishi.

He also confirmed the death of Abu Hamzah’s former spokesman.

President Joe Biden initially announced last month that slain US special forces had killed the jihadist group’s leader in an attack in northwestern Syria.

The death of 45-year-old Abu Ibrahim Al-hashemi Al-Quraishi is another blow to ISIS, two years after the ruthless Sunni Muslim group lost its long-serving leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, in a similar attack in 2019. [mg/lt]