ISIS already has a new leader: Former Saddam Hussein army officer takes terror group’s reins
ISIS already has a new leader. Barely a day after Muslim arch-terrorist Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi died running in a tunnel whimpering and screaming, Abdullah Qardash, a former Saddam Hussein army officer, takes the terror group’s reins.
Terrorist Abdullah Qardash sometimes spelled Karshesh and also known as “Hajji Abdullah al-Afari” and “the Professor”, was said to have been nominated by the now-eliminated al-Baghdadi to run the group’s ‘Muslim Affairs’ in a widely-circulated statement attributed to ISIS’ official Amaq news outlet.
Little is known about Qardash, who once served under Saddam Hussein. The terror group has not publicly signaled that he will take over.
Qardash has very little name recognition amongst jihadis worldwide. This may challenge ISIS’ ability to inspire global terror.
While ISIS may have a succession plan in place it is likely only known to a very small number of the group’s senior terrorists.
The elimination of al-Baghdadi is a blow against the terrorist organization. For ISIS and its tens of thousands of Muslim terrorists globally, he was the “caliph” and his followers have held him to be the supreme political and spiritual leader of all Muslims worldwide.
Branches of ISIS are now deployed in the Middle East, Asia, Africa, and Europe as well.
According to the UN, the terror group still has some 30,000 terrorists in scattered underground cells in Iraq and Syria; these cells include foreign Muslim civilians from all over the world.
ISIS also has thousands of terrorists in the Sinai Peninsula attacking the Egyptian army, as well as active and murderous terror groups in Nigeria, Pakistan, France, and Belgium. And this is only a partial list.