February 17, 2020

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ISIS Names a New Leader

After the killing of its former leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the terrorist group has named a new leader barely a week after his killing. According to a publishing on al-Furqan and a voice message, the new leader is Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Qurashi. The group also name a new spokesman, Abu Hamza al-Qarshi after Abu Hassan al-Muhajir, the former spokesman was killed by US forces. 

The Group Admitted the Killing of its Leader

In their message, the group confirmed that Baghdadi was killed over the weekend and promised to avenge to the US. In the message the group said to America that it should not be happy as no plans have been disrupted claiming that its operations are on the doorstep of Europe and in central Africa. “beware vengeance against your nation and their brethren of infidels and apostates”

Years of Steady Intelligence Work

The late ISIL leader has been in hiding for the last five years as the last time he was seen publicly was in the year 2014. Intelligence work and planning has been going on for years but last week on Thursday, the intelligence team received discreet information that he would be in his home in northern Syria. The raid had to be planned in less than 48 hours and it turned out to be a success. He crawled into a hole with his children where he detonated his live vest. 

During the Raid

While al-Baghdadi and two children were killed during the raid, there were other 11 children that were rescued unharmed. Other casualties were two men and four women who are said to have worn suicide vests but refused to surrender when orders were issued for them to give up. The former ISIL leader is said to have been buried at sea just like Osama bin Laden.

Declassified images released

The pentagon finally released the images and videos of the raid that took place in northern Syria and lasted for two hours. There were fighter jets and Reaper drones that conducted the aerial strikes while some US soldiers approached the compound from the ground. 

Although the most wanted terrorist was killed over the weekend, it’s still unclear how extensive the damage is to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. They have appointed a new leader and spokesman as their operations continue. The group says that it has only been made stronger.

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