Islamic State confirms death of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, appoints new chief
Iraq : Confirming the death of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) on Thursday announced the name of their new chief. Donald Trump had announced about the death of Baghdadi in a US raid four days back.
In an audio message, Abu Hamza al-Quraishi, the group’s new spokesperson, said, “We mourn you, commander of the faithful.” The spokesperson also confirmed the death of Abu al-Hassan al-Muhajir, widely assumed as the person described by Trump as Baghdadi’s ‘number one replacement.’
In a tweet on Tuesday, Trump had tweeted: “Just confirmed that Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s number one replacement has been terminated by American troops. Most likely would have taken the top spot-Now he is also dead!”
Just confirmed that Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s number one replacement has been terminated by American troops. Most likely would have taken the top spot - Now he is also Dead!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 29, 2019
In the audio message, it has also been revealed that Abi Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Qurashi will now be heading the terrorist outfit.
According to the US Army, Baghdadi's mortal remains were buried by the sea with all rituals. While no human operator of the US Special Forces suffered any injury or casualty, a dog, who was part of the commando team and was the one who chased down Baghdadi to the cave, was injured.
The Pentagon had also released a short video of the raid to dispel any doubts that might arise over Baghdadi’s killing.