New Da’ish leader is brother of slain Baghdadi


The new leader of Dai’sh aka Islamic State, whose appointment the group announced on Thursday, is the brother of slain former caliph Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, according to two Iraqi security officials and one Western security source. Da’ish named its new leader Abu al-Hassan al-Hashemi al-Quraishi in a recorded audio message distributed online.

The announcement came weeks after the death last month of Abu Ibrahim al-Quraishi, the man who in turn succeeded Baghdadi in 2019 and became the group’s second so-called caliph. Both Baghdadi and Quraishi died by blowing themselves and family members up during US raids on their hideouts in northern Syria. Da’ish, a successor to al Qaeda’s notoriously bloodthirsty Iraq branch, has its roots in an insurgency against US forces.


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