Defeated in Iraq and Syria, the Islamic State group announced on Wednesday (30) the death of its own leader, Iraqi Abu Hassan al-Hashimi al-Qurashi, and said he was killed “while fighting the enemies of God “.
In an audio message, the extremist group’s spokesman, Abu Omar al-Muhajir, said that a new “Caliph of the Muslims”, Abu al-Hussein al-Husseini al-Qurashi, had been appointed.
He did not provide details about the circumstances or the date of the former leader’s death.
Like his predecessors, the new leader includes in his nickname the surname Al-Qurashi, referring to the tribe of the prophet Mohammed, from whom the self-proclaimed “caliph” must be descended.
Islamic State conquered large swaths of territory in Syria and Iraq in 2014, but the terror group’s self-proclaimed “caliphate” was toppled in 2017 and 2019, respectively.
Since then, the Islamic State organization has been weakened by the killing or capture of its leaders.
The group’s first leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi al-Qurashi, was killed during a US strike in Syria in 2019.
His successor, Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Qurashi, was killed in February in an attack by US special forces in the northwest of the country.