Islamic State announces the death of its leader – media – RT World News

The Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) terrorist group has lost another leader, multiple media reported on Wednesday. Abu al-Hasan al-Hashimi al-Qurashi is dead “In Battle,” the organization said in a statement reported by Reuters, AFP and regional agencies.

According to IS, al-Hasan killed several “enemies” before dying “on the battlefield” but he provided no details as to the time or place of the incident, and his account could not be independently verified.

The new leader of IS has been named Abu Hussein al-Hussaini al-Qurashi.

Al-Hasan was the self-proclaimed third “caliph” of the IS. He took over earlier this year, after his predecessor Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Qurashi was killed in a raid by US special forces in February. The operation took place in the Syrian province of Idlib, which is under the control of anti-government terrorist militants allegedly backed by Turkey or Western governments.

In September, Turkish authorities announced the capture of a senior IS leader named Abu Zeyd, believed to be Abu Ibrahim’s possible successor.

ISIS was proclaimed in 2013 by an Iraqi Salafist militant calling himself Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi. Under his command, the terror group conquered large parts of the Middle East, exploiting the fallout from the US invasion of Iraq in 2003 and the foreign-backed insurgency against the Syrian government.

The United States and its allies launched an air campaign against ISIS in 2014, while the Iraqi army and Kurdish militias engaged the group on the ground. Damascus pushed it from the west, with Russian and Iranian support. The group had officially lost all territorial control in March 2019, while Al-Baghdadi took his own life when US special forces attacked his Idlib compound in October 2019.

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