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.”