ISIS announces the death of its leader Abu al-Hasan al-Hashimi al-Qurashi during battle
On Wednesday, IS announced that its leader, Abu al-Hasan al-Hashimi al-Qurashi, had been killed in a battle. He declared his successor.
A spokesman for the organization said al-Hashemi, an Iraqi, was killed in a battle with “the enemies of God,” without clarifying the date or circumstances of his death.
The spokesman added in an audio message that the new leader of the organization is Abu Al-Hussein Al-Husseini Al-Qurashi.
The spokesman did not provide details about the new leader, but said he was a “veteran” jihadist and called on all groups loyal to the Islamic State to pledge allegiance to him.
The Islamic State group was defeated after seizing control of large tracts of land in Iraq and Syria in 2014 and witnessed the collapse of the so-called “Caliphate” in the face of a wave of attacks.
The organization suffered defeat in Iraq in 2017 and then in Syria two years later, but its elements still launch attacks in both countries.
And the organization’s former leader, Abu Ibrahim al-Qurashi, was killed in a US raid in Idlib governorate in northern Syria last February.
His predecessor Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was also killed in Idlib in October 2019.
Hassan Hassan, author of a book on the Islamic State group, said one of the “unprecedented” but possible scenarios is that al-Hashemi “was accidentally killed during a raid or a fight without knowing who killed him.”
The US military’s Central Command said at the time that US forces had killed a “senior” member of the “Islamic State” group during an advance in northeastern Syria in October this year.
It added that a subsequent airstrike killed two senior ISIS members.
The United States is leading a military coalition fighting the Islamic State in Syria.
The Pentagon said in July it had killed the Islamic State’s most prominent jihadist in Syria in a drone strike in the north of the country.
The US Central Command added that he was “one of the five most prominent” leaders of the Islamic State.
Turkey said in September that security forces had detained a “senior official” of the Islamic State group, identified as Abu Zayd, whose real name was Bashar Khattab Ghazal al-Sumaida’i.
Turkish media added that there are some indications that al-Sumaidai may have been the leader of the Islamic State.
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