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Shortly after Al-Baghdadi’s death, ISIS names new leader




Few hours after the death of its former leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has named a new leader, Abdullah Qardash (a.k.a. Hajji Abdullah al-Afari).

Al-Baghdadi was killed after a U.S. special mission targeted him on Sunday in Idlib province, northwest Syria.

According to Newsweek, Abdullah Qardash, was said to have been nominated by Baghdadi in August to run the group’s “Muslim affairs” in a widely-circulated statement attributed to ISIS’ official Amaq news outlet, but never publicly endorsed by the group.

“Little is known about Qardash other than that he is a former Iraqi military officer who once served under late Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein,” the report says.

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U.S. allies had described the killing of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi as a major blow, but had noted that ISIS was still a terrorist threat.

French President Emmanuel Macron tweeted that al-Baghdadi’s death is “just a stage.”

“With our partners in the international coalition, the fight continues to defeat this terrorist organization. It is our priority in the Middle East.

British Foreign Secretary, Dominic Raab said IS must not be allowed to make al-Baghdadi a martyr.

“We must not allow Daesh (Arabic acronym for IS) to glorify someone who actioned such inhumane and abhorrent criminal acts. The UK will continue to support efforts to defeat Daesh,” he said

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