The Islamic State has reportedly picked Abdullah Qardash nicknamed The Professor as its new leader.
Speaking in a nationwide broadcast from the White House, Trump stated that Baghdadi died “like a dog,” in a daring, nighttime raid by US special forces deep in northwest Syria.
Trump misstates a key fact in his strangely detailed morning announcement: al-Baghdadi was no longer the leader of ISIS. As recently as Aug 9th, the leader of ISIS is Abdullah Qardash.
Details of raid indicate Hayat Tahrir a Sham (al-Qaeda affiliate) leaked Baghdadi's location. https://t.co/sga2LcOQKD
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However, Amaq, ISIS’s press agency spokesman who announced the appointment of the professor said that Qardash had been appointed to run the group’s day-to-day operations since August this year, making him the heir-apparent after the death of his former boss Baghdadi.
Naija News understands that Qardash is a former Iraqi military officer who has served under late dictator Saddam Hussein and also taken over a number of duties from al-Baghdadi prior to his demise on Sunday when he reportedly detonated a suicide vest.
An official said, “Baghdadi was a figurehead. He was not involved in operations or day-to-day (affairs).
“All Baghdadi did was say yes or no. No planning.”
Source: Naija News