Islamic State Leader Abu Hasan Al-Hashimi Al-Qurashi Killed

Beirut: The Islamic State jihadist group’s leader Abu Hasan al-Hashimi al-Qurashi has been killed in battle, announced the spokesman of ISIL (ISIS).

The group has also announced a replacement of the leader.

Speaking in an audio message, the spokesman identified the group’s new leader as Abu al-Hussein al-Husseini al-Qurashi.

The spokesman did not provide details on the new leader but said he was a “veteran” jihadist and called on all groups loyal to IS to pledge their allegiance.

IS’s previous leader, Abu Ibrahim al-Qurashi, was killed in February this year in a US raid in Idlib province in northern Syria.

His predecessor, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, was killed, also in Idlib, in October 2019.

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