Thursday, December 1, 2022

Terror Group ISIS Says Its Chief Killed In Battle, Names New Chief

Beirut, Lebanon: 

The Islamic State jihadist group stated Wednesday that its chief Abu Hasan al-Hashimi al-Qurashi has been killed in battle and introduced a alternative.

A spokesman for the group stated Hashimi, an Iraqi, was killed "in fight with enemies of God", with out elaborating on the date of his loss of life or the circumstances.

Talking in an audio message, the spokesman recognized the group's new chief as Abu al-Hussein al-Husseini al-Qurashi.


Qurashi refers to a tribe of the Prophet Mohammed, from whom IS leaders should declare descent.

The spokesman didn't present particulars on the brand new chief, however stated he was a "veteran" jihadist and known as on all teams loyal to IS to pledge their allegiance.

After a meteoric rise in Iraq and Syria in 2014 that noticed it conquer huge swathes of territory, IS noticed its self-proclaimed "caliphate" collapse below a wave of offensives.

It was defeated in Iraq in 2017 and in Syria two years later, however sleeper cells of the Sunni Muslim extremist group nonetheless perform assaults in each international locations.

IS's earlier chief, Abu Ibrahim al-Qurashi, was killed in February this yr in a US raid in Idlib province in northern Syria.

His predecessor Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was killed, additionally in Idlib, in October 2019.

Hassan Hassan, who authored a ebook on IS, stated one "unprecedented" however attainable state of affairs was that the Hashimi "was killed 'unintentionally' throughout a raid or combating with out him being recognized to whoever killed him".


In October this yr, US forces killed a "senior" IS member in a pre-dawn raid in northeastern Syria, the US army's Central Command stated on the time.

It stated a later air strike had killed two different senior IS members.

The US leads a army coalition battling IS in Syria.

In July, the Pentagon stated it had killed Syria's prime IS jihadist in a drone strike within the north of the nation.

US Central Command stated he had been "one of many prime 5" IS leaders.

Turkey in September stated safety forces had arrested a "senior govt" of IS often called Abu Zeyd, whose actual title was Bashar Khattab Ghazal al-Sumaidai.

Turkish media stated there have been some indications Sumaidai might need been the IS chief.

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