Islamic State confirms death of al-Baghdadi; Names new caliph

Samer Khalil Al-Atrush and Souhail Karam

Islamic State confirmed the death of its former leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and said Abu Ibrahim al Hashimi al Qurashi is named as “new caliph.”

In an audio statement by spokesman Abu Hamza al Qurashi published on ISIS social media accounts, the group also confirmed the death of former spokesman Abu Hassan Al-Muhajir.

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is displayed on a monitor as U.S. Central Command Commander Marine Gen. Kenneth McKenzie speaks at a joint press briefing at the Pentagon in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019, on the Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi raid.

The statement also contained threats against America, referred to U.S. President Donald Trump as a senile old man and warned that what’s to come will be worse by comparison to the days of the group under Baghdadi’s leadership.

Baghdadi Death Eliminates Islamic State Chief But Not the Group

With assistance from Mark Williams.