ISIL armed group announces death of leader | ISIL/ISIS News

A spokesman for the group said its leader, Abu Hasan al-Hashimi al-Qurashi, was killed ‘in battle’.

leader of ISIL (ISIS) Abu Hasan al-Hashimi al-Qurashi was killed, a spokesman for the armed group said in an audio message.

Abu Omar al-Muhajer did not detail the date or circumstances of al-Qurashi’s death other than saying on Wednesday that Iraqis had “died in battle”.

He announced that Abu al-Hussein al-Husseini al-Qurashi would be the new leader of the group.

In a statement released Wednesday, US CENTCOM spokesman Colonel Joe Buccino said al-Quraishi was killed in mid-October.

“This operation was conducted by the Free Syrian Army in Dar’a Province, Syria. IS remains a threat to the region. CENTCOM and our partners remain focused on defeating IS in the long term,” he said in the statement.

Little is known about Abu Hasan al-Qurashi, who took over the leadership of the group after the death of Abu Ibrahim al-Qurashihis predecessor, in a US raid in February in the northwestern Syrian province of Idlib.

Al-Qurashi is said to be a nom de guerre that many ISIL leaders have adopted.

The deaths of successive leaders mark a blow to the armed group that the US-led coalition says it defeated in Iraq in 2017 and in Syria two years later. But insurgent elements of the armed group still carry out attacks in both countries.

The group ISIL declared its so-called “caliphate” in 2014 after conquering large swaths of territory in Iraq and Syria.

A US-led military coalition launched an operation called “Inherent Resolve” in 2014 to dislodge ISIL from areas it controls.

Abu Hasan al-Qurashi is the second ISIL leader to be killed since founder Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was killed by the US in Syria’s Idlib in 2019.

Turkey in September said security forces had arrested Bashar Khattab Ghazal al-Sumaidai, a “senior executive” of ISIL who is also known as Abu Zeyd.

Turkish media say there are some indications that Sumaidai may be the leader of ISIL, Abu Hasan al-Hashimi al-Qurashi.


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