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Islamic State Names New Leader After Confirming Death Of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi

(Photo by Department of Defense via Getty Images)

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Mary Margaret Olohan Social Issues Reporter

The Islamic State announced its new leader Thursday after confirming the death of its former leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

ISIS said al-Baghdadi will be replaced by Ibrahim al-Hashemi al-Qurayshi, the Site Intelligence Group reported Thursday. Site Intelligence Group monitors extremist militant groups on the internet, including ISIS.

The intelligence group reported that ISIS identified al-Qurayshi as the “emir of the believers” and “caliph.” al-Qurayshi is largely unknown outside the ranks of ISIS, The New York Times reported. (RELATED: ‘A Ticking Time Bomb’: Fox News Reports From Dangerous ISIS Prison Camp In Syria)

OCTOBER 30 - UNSPECIFIED: In this undated handout image provided by the Department of Defense, ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is seen in an unspecified location. On October 26, 2019, U.S. Special Operations forces closed in on al-Baghdadi’s compound in Syria with a mission to kill or capture the terrorist. (Photo by Department of Defense via Getty Images)

On October 26, 2019, U.S. Special Operations forces closed in on al-Baghdadi’s compound in Syria with a mission to kill or capture the terrorist. (Photo by Department of Defense via Getty Images)

News of al-Qurayshi’s appointment followed President Donald Trump’s Sunday announcement that al-Baghdadi died in a U.S. raid in Northern Syria.

“He died after running into a dead-end tunnel, whimpering and crying and screaming all the way,” Trump said in his Sunday morning speech.

Al-Qurayshi’s death came after almost a decade as one of the world’s most-wanted terrorists. The terrorist became the leader of ISIS in 2013 and participated in aid worker Kayla Mueller’s brutal rape and murder in 2015.

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