Islamic State confirms death of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi leader and appoints successor

The head of the jihadist organization was killed in an operation led by the United States on October 26. IS has appointed its new leader: Abu Ibrahim Al-Hachimi al-Qurachi.

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Photo of Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi aired by the US Department of Defense, October 30.
Photo of Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi aired by the US Department of Defense, October 30. AP

The Islamic State (IS) organization has waited five days to confirm the death of its leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who was killed in a US-led operation near the village of Baricha in north-western Iraq. Syria, October 26th.

"O Muslims, O Mujahideen, IS soldiers (…)we mourn the commander of the believers Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi "said the terrorist organization in an audio message posted on the Telegram app, also giving the name of his successor: Abu Ibrahim Al-Hachimi Al-Qurachi. The IS claimed that the consultative assembly of his organization had pledged allegiance to him as "Commander of the believers" and again "Caliph of Muslims".

In its seven-minute audio recording, the organization also calls for avenging the death of its leader, specifically threatening the United States with retaliation.

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Publication of extracts from the raid that killed Baghdadi

Earlier in the day, US authorities released video clips of the operation that led to the death of the jihadist leader, the epilogue of a nine-year human hunt.

After the announcement of the death of the head of the IS, the US presidency hesitated about the possible publication of excerpts from the video. Donald Trump was at first satisfied publish on Twitter a picture of the dog who was slightly injured and who, in the words of the American president, "Incredible services" but whose identity was to remain "Protected".

In 2011, the Obama administration refused to publish images of Osama bin Laden's assault or body. "I'll be frank, the publication of the photos of Osama Bin Laden after this shooting is sensitive, and we assess the need to do so", said White House spokesman Jay Carney. The question was whether such a publication "Serves or serves our interests, not only here but around the world".

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Most wanted man in the world

The death of Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi ended nineteen forty-two days of a manhunt classified by Donald Trump as "An absolute priority" counterterrorism.

After several failed attempts to challenge him, according to the Iraqi authorities, the vice had tightened in recent weeks around the jihadist leader with information on his place of residence provided by two of his relatives. The ultimate piece of a reconstituted puzzle, step by step, by the United States.

The most wanted man in the world, he was considered responsible for multiple atrocities and atrocities in Iraq and Syria and bloody attacks in several countries.

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"Caliph" self-proclaimed in 2014 having presided over the destinies of 7 million people in Iraq and Syria, Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi is dead " like a dog ", said Sunday the US president.

The territorial "caliphate" was defeated after the fall of Baghouz in March, the last cut of the jihadist organization in eastern Syria, but the EI group remains active in several parts of the world.


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