ISIS confirms death of al-Baghdadi and aide, names new terrorist-in-chief
BREAKING: ISIS terror group has confirmed the death of its leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and his aide, announcing Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Qurayshi as its new terrorist-in-chief.
Abu Hamza al-Qurayshi, ISIS’s new spokesman, made the announcement on Thursday in an audio statement distributed by the terror group’s media arm, Al Furqan.
He also confirmed the death of his predecessor, Abu al-Hassan al-Muhajir.
The statement called on the group’s terrorists to pledge allegiance to the new leader, whose title indicates that he claims descent from the tribe of prophet muhammad.
It also addressed the United States, saying: “Don’t rejoice.”
Terrorist al-Qurayshi is also known as “Hajji Abdullah al-Afari” and “the Professor”. He 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 al-Qurayshi, who once served under Saddam Hussein.