The Islamic State announces the death of its leader eight months after his appointment

The terrorist group Islamic State (IS) announced today the death of its leader. Appointment of Abu al Hussein al Husseini al Qurashi in November 2022 and appointment of Abu Hafs al Hashimi al Qurashi as the new “Caliph”says an audio broadcast by audiovisual production company Al Furqan, which refers to the jihadists.

“We express (…) the soldiers of the Islamic State our condolences on the death of the Caliph of the Faithful, Abu al Hussein al Husseini al Qurashi,” said IS spokesman Abu Huzaifa al Ansari in the audio recording.

He also announced that following the death of Al Qurashi, Islamic State’s “advisers” met and agreed to appoint “the jihadist Sheikh Abu Hafs al Hashimi al Qurashi as Commander of the Faithful and Caliph of the Muslims.” “He accepted the order and took power,” the spokesman said.

According to the spokesman The leader of the terrorist organization died “in a direct confrontation” with “agents of the Turkish secret service” in a village on the outskirts of Idlib in northwestern Syria. Turkish intelligence tried to “catch” him, but Al Qurashi “faced them with his weapon until he died of his wounds,” according to the audio recording, which doesn’t say when the events happened.

No details, not even his face, have been released about the late IS leader since his appointment in November 2022, and the true identity of his successor, who also uses a nickname, is also unknown. This is the fourth Islamic State leader since the death of ISIS’s first “caliph,” Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, in a US operation in 2019.

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On the other hand, the organization also stated that its former spokesman, Abu Omar al Muhager, was “captured” by Turkish intelligence.

On April 30, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced in an interview that the Turkish Intelligence Agency (MIT) had killed Al Qurashi after tracking him “for a long time”, but gave no details of the operation.

Since the death of Al Baghdadi, the leaders of the Islamic State have been nicknamed Al Qurashi, in reference to the Quraish (or Quraishites in Spanish) tribe to which the Prophet Muhammad belonged and which the last two leaders wore to give legitimacy.

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