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IS Confirms al-Baghdadi’s Death, Names New Leader

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The Islamic State (IS) on Thursday confirmed the death of its founder Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who was killed on 27th October during a raid by the US Special Forces in northern Syrian province of Idlib.
Abu Hamza al-Qurayshi, IS’s new spokesman, made the announcement on Thursday in an audio statement distributed by the group’s media arm, al-Furqan, al-Jazeera reported.

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He also announced during the 7-minute statement that Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Qurayshi was appointed as the successor of al-Baghdadi.
“The Islamic State shura council convened immediately after confirming the martyrdom of Sheikh Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, and the elders of the holy warriors agreed” on a replacement, he said.

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The statement also confirmed the death of Abu al-Hassan al-Muhajir, the group’s spokesman and a close aide to al-Baghdadi.
Al-Muhajir was announced killed hours after the killing of al-Baghdadi during a ride by the US forces and the Kurdish fighters in Syria’s Jarablus.

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The new spokesperson of IS threatens the US in the statement: “Do not rejoice America. The new chosen one will make you forget the horror you have beholden … and make the achievements of the Baghdadi days taste sweet.” Source
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