ISIS elects new leader after death of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, - media

Former Iraqi military officer who once served under late leader Saddam Hussein, Abdullah Qardash would have taken over Baghdadi's role
12:50, 28 October 2019


After the death of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and his representative Abul-Hasan al-Muhajir in Syria during the special operation of the American military, the grouping elected the new leader as Newsweek reported citing an employee of the regional intelligence.

“Though little is known about the former Iraqi military officer who once served under late leader Saddam Hussein, Abdullah  Qardash would have taken over Baghdadi's role – though it had lost much of its significance by the time of his demise,” the source of the news agency reported.

Abdullah Qardash is known as Hajji Abdullah al-Afari, was appointed as the head of the ISIS Muslim affairs group by Baghdadi in August. However, he was never publicly endorsed by the group.

Related: Al-Baghdadi is dead. The story doesn’t end here.

According to the intelligence worker, Baghdadi created the self-proclaimed ISIS caliphate basing on Al-Qaeda's Iraqi branch. His role as the influential strict spiritual leader was mostly symbolic. Baghdadi did not participate in the operations or day-to-day staff of the grouping. His role was to say yes or no but no to plan.

Earlier the number of American mass media reported about the elimination of al-Baghdadi. It was known that he detonated the vest with explosives to avoid the detention. However, the DNA test and biometric test should be held to prove it.

U.S. President Donald Trump confirmed that leader of the terrorist organization ISIS Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was killed during the special operation held by the American military in the north-east of Syria.


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