Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in a painting published by the US Department of Defense in Washington on October 31. Photo: Reuters.

US says new IS leader is 'anonymous'


The new commander of the Islamic State (IS) rebels claiming to be an "anonymous" and lesser known, US officials revealed on 6/11.

Last week, ISIS spokesman confirmed the death of Iraqi leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and said the group had a new leader, Abi Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Qurashi. The US official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told reporters on Friday that even ISIS supporters don't know much about the Qurashi.

"That has become the subject of discussion in the world of IS social networks, the Qurashi seems to be anonymous. With the little information we know about him, we are not impressed. And if he is in Iraq or Syria, he will not last long, "he said.

The official also declined to provide details, such as whether the Qurashi has ever been captured by US forces like Baghdadi. President Trump tweeted last week that he knew exactly who the new IS leader was.

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in a photo published by the US Department of Defense in Washington on October 31. Image: Reuters.

US task force Delta on October 26 attacked Baghdadi's hideout in Idlib province, northwestern Syria. Baghdadi then detonated a suicide belt in the bunker with two children. In addition to Baghdadi and two children, four women and a man were also killed at the compound. The women have been intimidating behavior and wearing suicide bombers.

After Baghdadi's death, an IS spokesman described President Trump as a "crazy old man", warning the United States that supporters would avenge Baghdadi's death. "America is not happy. The newly chosen leader will make you forget the terror you have seen and make the achievements of Baghdadi period sweet," an IS spokesman said.

Mai Lam (Follow AFP)


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