New Islamic State leader is brother of slain caliph Baghdadi

New Islamic State leader is brother of slain caliph Baghdadi

The new leader of Islamic State, whose appointment the group announced on Thursday, is the brother of slain former caliph Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, according to two Iraqi security officials and one Western security source. Islamic State named its new leader Abu al-Hassan al-Hashemi al-Quraishi in a recorded audio message distributed online. The announcement came weeks after the death last month of Abu Ibrahim al-Quraishi, the man who in turn succeeded Baghdadi in 2019 and became the group's second so-called caliph. Both Baghdadi and Quraishi died by blowing themselves and family members up during U.S. raids on their hideouts in northern…
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Al-Baghdadi’s ‘deputy’ captured in northern Iraq

Al-Baghdadi’s ‘deputy’ captured in northern Iraq

  A senior Daesh militant close to the former leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi has been captured in northern Iraq. Police in Huwaijah, Kirkuk province, managed to track down the extremist who operated under the name “Abu Khaldoun”. He was caught hiding inside an apartment with a fake identification card, according to government security officials.A statement from the Security Media Cell described Khaldoun as Al-Baghdadi’s deputy. He was previously the military chief of Iraq’s Salahuddine province, the statement said.   Via Arab News
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Turkey detains dead ISIS leader’s wife

Turkey detains dead ISIS leader’s wife

Turkey has captured a wife of former ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced. On Tuesday Turkey said it had detained Baghdadi's sister in Syria. Speaking in the Turkish capital Ankara, Mr Erdogan said he was revealing the capture of Baghdadi's wife for the first time and also said Turkey was holding the dead ISIS leader's brother-in-law. Baghdadi killed himself during a raid by US special forces on his compound in north-west Syria last month. His death was hailed as a victory for US President Donald Trump, but critics argue that ISIS remains a security threat in…
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ISIS spy who betrayed al-Baghdadi was motivated by revenge

ISIS spy who betrayed al-Baghdadi was motivated by revenge

NBC reports that ISIS leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi was betrayed by a member of his inner circle who helped lead American troops to his compound in Northern Syria. The commander of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces, General Mazloum Abdi, gave NBC News a detailed account of how he ran a spy inside ISIS for months, who followed Baghdadi as he moved from one safehouse to another until he was finally trapped in a tunnel beneath one of them. Abdi did not identify the source, but Kurdish intelligence officials described him as an Arab who had many relatives in ISIS. Abdi…
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US releases first video of raid on al Baghdadi compound

US releases first video of raid on al Baghdadi compound

Marine Corps Gen. Kenneth F. McKenzie briefed Pentagon reporters on the Oct. 26 raid in northwestern Syria that resulted in Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi's death. Pentagon officials also released videos of the raid. McKenzie said planning for the raid began much earlier. He said Baghdadi was a priority target for Centcom, and as a result, was the subject of an intense effort to bring him to justice. The head of US Central Command said the destroyed buildings were left looking like "a parking lot with large potholes". McKenzie said two children had died with Baghdadi in the tunnel - not three…
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Likely Successor to Dead ISIS Leader Also Reported Killed

Likely Successor to Dead ISIS Leader Also Reported Killed

  Abu Hassan al-Muhajir, spokesman of the Islamic State, is believed to have been killed a day after the American raid that left the group’s leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi dead. Abu Hassan al-Muhajir, was being smuggled across northern Syria in the back of an oil tanker truck when it was hit by what witnesses said they believed to be an American airstrike, according to Hussein Nasser, an activist who said he had spoken to people at the scene. https://twitter.com/MazloumAbdi/status/1188527848249790464 Mazlum Abdi, the head of a Kurdish-led militia that fought the Islamic State with the United States, wrote on Twitter that…
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Photos from the site of the U.S. military strike that killed ISIS leader

Photos from the site of the U.S. military strike that killed ISIS leader

Photos at the site that was the centre of the US military strike  that killed nine people, including Abu Baker al-Baghdadi, the leader of IS or so-called Islamic State, near the village of Barisha, Idlib province, Syria, 27 October 2019 (issued 28 October 2019). The fugitive leader of the ISIS group killed himself during a US military operation in north-west Syria, President Donald Trump has said. Speaking from the White House, Mr Trump said Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi detonated his suicide vest after fleeing into a tunnel, chased by US military dogs. Click on photo to enlarge Baghdadi killed himself and…
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Macron warns ISIS leader’s death not the end of the group

Macron warns ISIS leader’s death not the end of the group

French President Emmanuel Macron has gone on Twitter to warn that the death of ISIS group founder and leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is a knock for the extremist organization, but not its end. Macron said Sunday the U.S. raid that killed the leader who sought to establish a new Islamic “caliphate” across Syria and Iraq was a “blow against Daesh,” using the French term for the group. But he said, “it’s only a step” and “the fight continues with our partners in the international coalition so that the terrorist organization is definitely defeated.” Al-Baghdadi, the shadowy leader of ISIS who…
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Trump confirms ISIS leader al-Baghdadi killed in US operation

Trump confirms ISIS leader al-Baghdadi killed in US operation

US President Donald Trump on Sunday announced that US special forces had killed "Islamic State" (IS) leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in northern Syria. "Last night, the United States brought the world's number one terrorist leader to justice," Trump said. "Al-Baghdadi is dead." "He reached the end of the tunnel as our dogs chased him down," Trump added. Al-Baghdadi detonated a vest laden with explosives when he was cornered in a tunnel. The explosion killed three of his children. A handout photo made available by Maxar 27 October 2019 shows a satellite image taken 28 September 2019 of the reported residence…
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