Islamic State names new leader after predecessor killed in US raid

By Helene Fung

Terrorist group Islamic State (IS) released an audio recording, confirming the death of its previous leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, during a US raid in Syria last Sunday.

Baghdadi was chased by US forces into a dead-end tunnel, and detonated a suicide vest. They also confirmed the death of their former spokesman Abu al-Hassan al-Muhajir, which the US said was killed in a separate air strike. 

In the same release, IS also named a previously relatively unknown man, Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Qurayshi, as their new leader.

They warned the US “not to rejoice” over their former leader’s death, and beware of their vengeance. 

US forces commander General Kenneth McKenzie Jr said during a briefing at the Pentagon that “We suspect they will try some form of retribution attack. And we are postured and prepared for that.”

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