Syrian militant group ISIS, in a recent announcement, has confirmed the declaration from the White House made 5 days ago stating that the militant group’s leader, Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi and his close aide Abu al-Hassan al-Muhajir had been killed in separate air strikes in northern Syria. The group has also gone ahead to name its new leader after the recent attack on its ranks.
Using the Telegram app, the Islamic State uploaded an audio recording mourning the loss of Baghdadi and Muhajir, who was considered by many as the heir apparent. The announcement named Abu Ibrahim al-Hashemi al-Qurayshi, as the new leader of the group and was identified as the “emir of the believers” and “caliph.” However, not much apart from this is known of the new leader publically.
Despite holding virtually no more territory, the announcement is evidence of how the ISIS still sees itself as the self proclaimed caliphate. The announcement was also accompanied with a warning to the United States not to gloat over killing Baghdadi. It stated “Do not be happy America, for the death of Sheikh al-Baghdadi, and do not forget the cups of death at his hands, may God accept him.” Besides the new leader, the Islamic State announcement also proclaimed a new spokesman, identified as Abu Hamza al-Qurayshi.
The recording also took a dig at President Trump: “Don’t you see how you became the laughingstock of the nations, and an old and crazy man controls your fate, whose opinion changes between morning and evening?”
Despite losing almost all territory and now its top leadership, the ISIS made it clear to the world that its bureaucracy is still intact and that America should underestimate their potentiality.
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