The group Islamic State (IS) has named a new leader after confirming the death of Abu Ibrahim al-Qurayshi.
As per the audio message that was posted online and stated by Abu al-Hassan al-Hashemi, al-Qurayshi was now “caliph” without mentioning or providing any further details about his identity.
However, it was not mentioned how, where, or when Abu Ibrahim al-Quraysi died in the message.
The US has stated the Iraqi jihadist blew himself up, killing his family, during a special forces raid on his hideout in north-western Syria on February 3.
According to President “Joe Biden”, due to his death, a major threat of the terrorist group has been removed, blaming him for overseeing the spread of IS affiliates worldwide and being the “driving force” behind the genocide of Yazidi people.
On Thursday, a new IS spokesperson, Abu Umar al-Muhajir, delivered the new message, who revealed that his ancestor ‘Abu Hamza al-Qurayshi’ had recently died.
However, Muhjair stated that he could not reveal the real name of the new leader, but at the same time, he recommended followers pledge allegiance to him.
The myth that the most likely candidate was an Iraqi man called Bashar Khattab Ghazal al-Sumaidai, also known as Abu Khattab al-Iraqi, Hajji Zaid and Ustath Zaid.
IS once held 88,000 sq km (34,000 sq miles) of the region extending from eastern Iraq to western Syria and charged its cruel rule on almost eight million people.
The group was moved from its last piece of parts in 2019, but as per the estimation of the UN that it has still among 6000 and 10,000 fighters in Syria and Iraq who still continue to carry out hit and run attacks, ambushes and roadside bombings.
Abu Ibrahim al-Qurayshi’s death in the opposition-held Syrian region of Idlib came days after a major IS an attack on a Kurdish-run prison in the north-eastern Syrian city of Hassakeh – the group’s most significant operation in years.
As officials stated, nearly 121 guards, Kurdish-led militia fighters and civilians were killed in a week of fierce clashes, alongside 374 IS prisoners and attackers.
Before this week, a monitoring group stated that IS was after an attack on a military bus in the central Syrian desert that left 15 government soldiers dead.