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Death of Islamic State leader Abu Hasan, spokesman for a terrorist organization named new leader by audio message



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ISIS organization Abu Hasan al-Hashimi al-Qurayshi was killed in action.
The ISIS organization made Abu Al Hussain Qureshi the new leader.

Beirut, Lebanon. Abu al-Hasan al-Hashimi al-Qureshi, the leader of the Islamic State (IS) group, was recently killed in fighting. The group’s spokesperson gave this information in an audio broadcast on Wednesday. Little is known about al-Qurayshi, who took over the group’s operations after Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Qurayshi was killed in a US strike in northwestern Syria in February. Al-Qureshi is the second leader of this group to be killed this year and it is a blow for this group. No one has taken responsibility for his death.

ISIS spokesman Abu Umar al-Mujahir made the announcement at a time when ISIS is carrying out deadly attacks in parts of Syria and Iraq. Al-Mujahir said Abu al-Hussein al-Husseini al-Qurayshi was appointed as the new leader of the group. ISIS founder Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was killed in an attack in the northwest in October 2019.

Islamic State was defeated in Iraq in 2017 and in Syria two years later, but sleeper cells of the Sunni Muslim extremist group are still carrying out attacks in both countries and claiming responsibility for attacks elsewhere in the world. Former IS leader Abu Ibrahim al-Qureshi was killed earlier this year in Syria’s northern province of Idlib. Previously, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was also killed in Idlib in October 2019.

At a recent event, Indian National Security Adviser Ajil Doval, highlighting the continued threat of cross-border and Islamic State-inspired terrorism, said ulema have an important role to play in countering radicalization and extremism with progressive ideas. Ajit Doval said the cooperation of civilian organizations is needed to counter the threat posed by individual terrorist cells inspired by the Islamic State and those returning from these centers in Syria and Afghanistan.

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