Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi has been declared as the new leader of the ISIS. The Islamic State militant group confirmed on Thursday its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has been killed, the group’s news agency Amaq said in an audiotape following a US weekend raid.
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The speaker in the audio also confirmed the death of Abu Hassan al-Muhajir, a close aide of al-Baghdadi and a spokesman for the group. On Tuesday, President Trump said al-Muhajir has been “terminated by American troops.”
The group had been silent until now. As a successor, it appointed someone Amaq only identified as Abu Ibrahim al-Hashemi al-Quraishi.
The statement said the jihadist group’s legislative and consultative body convened after the 48-year-old Iraqi-born jihadist chief’s death.
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“The Islamic State Shura council convened immediately after confirming the martyrdom of Sheikh Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, and the elders of the holy warriors agreed” on a replacement, said the seven-minute message.
The IS spokesman issued a firm warning to the United States, whose President Donald Trump announced Baghdadi’s death in a televised address from the White House.
“He died after running into a dead-end tunnel, whimpering and crying and screaming all the way,” Trump said on Sunday, adding that Baghdad “died like a dog”.
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In the new audio message, the IS spokesman described Trump as “a crazy old man” and warned the US its supporters would avenge Baghdadi’s death.
“Do not rejoice America,” he warned, “the new chosen one will make you forget the horror you have beholden… and make the achievements of the Baghdadi days taste sweet”