ISIS claims its leader has been killed by militants from Syria and names a successor

The Islamic State group announced the death in Syria of its little-known leader, Abu al-Hussein al-Husseini al-Qurayshi and named his successor.

The Islamic State announced Thursday that its leader Abu al-Hussein al-Husseini al-Qurayshi had died in Syria. He has named his successor.

The group didn’t specify when al-Qurayshi died, but said that he was killed in a fight with an al Qaeda-linked group. ISIS spokesperson Abu Huthaifa al-Ansari confirmed that Abu Hafs al-Hashemi al-Qurayshi has been named the new leader of ISIS.

Al-Qurayshi is the fourth ISIS leader killed since the group’s founding by Iraqi militant Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. The group declared a Caliphate over large areas of Syria and Iraq before its defeat in years later.

Al-Ansari’s spokesman said in an audio recording that al-Qurayshi was “martyred” by members of Syria’s al-Qaida-linked Hayat Tahrir al-Sham who tried to detain the man in Idlib province.

Al-Ansari stated that al-Qurayshi fought until he succumbed from his wounds. He added that al-Qaida-linked groups detained IS members that were with the late Leader, including Abu Omar al-Muhajir another spokesman. They are still being held.

In April, Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan claimed that Turkish intelligence agents killed al-Qurayshis in northern Syria. ISIS has denied this claim.

The Islamic State group split from al-Qaeda 10 years ago, and has since attracted followers from all over the world. ISIS militants continue to carry out deadly attacks, despite its defeat in Syria and Iraq in 2017.

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Al-Baghdadi, the founder of ISIS, was killed by American troops during a raid in northwest Syria in October 2019. Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Qurayshi was the leader of the group after this, and he too, was killed by a U.S. raid on February 20, 2022 in northwest Syria. Later that year, his successor was also killed in southern Syria.

Al-Qurayshi, however, is not the actual name of ISIS’ leaders. It comes from Quraish – the name of tribe that Islam’s Prophet Muhammad was a member of. ISIS claims that its leaders are from this tribe, and “al Qurayshi” is part of their nom-de-guerre.

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