ISIS Confirms Leader Death and Announces Successor

Abu al-Hussein al-Husseini al-Qurashi, the already former leader of the Islamic State (ISIS, declared a terrorist organization and banned in the Russian Federation – Ed.), died during an “armed clash” in Syria. This information was confirmed by representatives of ISIS who also stated that the new leader is now Abu Hafs al-Hashimi al-Qurashi. According to a message spread through the Telegram channel by an ISIS spokesman, the former leader was killed by militants of Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham, which is the main Syrian jihadist group.
As early as last April, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was the first to announce the death of al-Hussein al-Husseini al-Qurashi, saying that he was killed during an operation by Turkish special forces in the north of Sira province.
The first so-called “caliph of ISIS” Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was killed during one of the raids by the US army, as was his successor Abu Ibrahim Hashimi al-Qurashi. Then in November last year, Abu al-Hasan al-Hashimi al-Qurashi was the third to be eliminated, and the turn now came for Abu al-Hussein al-Husseini al-Qurashi. Currently ISIS is headed by Abu Hafs al-Hashimi al-Qurashi, the fifth leader in the history of this terrorist organization over a short period of time.