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Islamic State Group Appoints New Leader

The group's provinces including the Lake Chad affiliate are expected to pledge allegiance to the new leader Abu Hasan al-Hashemi al-Qurashi.

The Islamic State group on Thursday, March 10, confirmed the death of its leader, Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi Al-Qurashi and the appointment of his successor, Abu Al-Hassan Al-Hashimi Al-Qurashi. 

The former leader of the group and spokesman was killed during a helicopter-borne assault by the United States Special Forces operations in northern Syria. 

He took over the group after the killing of his predecessor Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in an October 2019 raid in northwest Syria. 

In an audio message shared online, the group’s new spokesman Abu Omar Al-Muhajir announced the death of the former leader alongside the group’s ex-spokesman Abu Hamza al-Qurashi. 

The Shura Council was reported to have given bay’a (pledge) of allegiance to Abu Al-Hasan Al-Hashimi Al-Quraishi. 

The terror group’s provinces including Lake Chad’s Islamic State West African Province (ISWAP) are expected to pledge allegiance.  

ISWAP is one of the most dominant and active affiliates of the group. 


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Murtala Abdullahi

Abdullahi Murtala is a researcher and reporter. His expertise is in conflict reporting, climate and environmental justice, and charting the security trends in Nigeria and the Lake Chad region. He founded the Goro Initiative and contributes to dialogues, publications and think-tanks that report on climate change and human security. He tweets via @murtalaibin

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