Islamic State confirms leader was killed in US raid, now has a new leader

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Syria SyriaFor the first time on Thursday did the Islamic State organization revealed and confirmed that its leader was killed last month in north – western Syria in US strike. The IS has also thus named his successor.

IS spokesman, Abu Omar al-Muhajer confirmed the death of leader in an audio message that was released on Thursday stating that group’s leader Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Qurayshi, as well as its former spokesman, Abu Hamza al-Qurayshi, were killed in the US raid. The spokesman further said that the group has named its new leader, identifying him as Abu Hassan al-Hashimi al-Qurayshi. He added that the late chief of group had chosen him. Without revealing his name, the spokesman said, “He has accepted the leadership.”

It hasn’t been cleared if the new leader is also Iraqi like his two predecessors. However, none of them are seemingly related. “Al-Qurayshi” in name of all these leaders is derived from Quraish, which is the name of tribe to which Islam’s Prophet Mohammad belonged to. This also serves as part of an IS leader’s nom de guerre.

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Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Qurayshi was killed on February 3 during an overnight raid by US forces. According to the US officials, he blew himself along with family members as the special forces raided his hideout in Atme, a town in north – western part of Syria near the Turkish border. It was reported that total of 13 people were killed, including four women and six children.

Following the killing of “this horrible terrorist leader”, US President Joe Biden said in a televised address that he was accused of genocide of Yazidis in northern part of Iraq and also assault of prison in eastern Syria holding IS inmates. Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Qurayshi led ISIS from 2019. He was an ethnic Turkmen from the Iraqi city of Tal Afar and had replaced ISIS supremo Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who was killed in October that year in a US raid.

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