2020-01-21 Terror Networks||Report says top terrorist who oversaw operations around world is new IS chief
[IsraelTimes] UK paper identifies previously secret successor to slain Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi as Amir Mohammed Abdul Rahman al-Mawli al-Salbi.|
The new leader of the Islamic State
| A headshot of the brutish-looking gentleman in question can be seen at the link. May his time in office be as brief as Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Quraishi’s, the last fellow named as Al Baghdadi’s successor, although it’s possible Abu Ibrahim was imaginary.|
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that they were al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're really very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling
Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear western pols talk they're not
terror group is Amir Mohammed Abdul Rahman al-Mawli al-Salbi, The Guardian reported Monday, citing officials from two intelligence services.
Salbi is one of the group’s founders and oversaw the enslavement of members of the Yazidi community in Iraq, as well as jihadist operations around the world, according to the report.
| According to The Guardian, his nom de guerre is Haji Abdullah, and he is sometimes called Abdullah Qardash, unless the latter is another ISIS member who died two years ago.|
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He replaces the group’s first leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who was killed in a US operation last year. The Guardian report said Salbi and Baghdadi met when both were being held by US forces at Camp Bucca prison in Iraq in 2004.
The report said Salbi was named Baghdadi’s successor hours after the latter’s death, but the appointment was kept secret. At the time, IS said its new leader was Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Quraishi ‐ an apparent alias as such a figure is not known to intelligence services.
Salbi is seen as one of the group’s top ideologues, possessing a degree in sharia law. He is a leader with a similar worldview to Baghdadi. He is not an Arab ‐ a rarity among the group’s leaders ‐ but an Iraqi Turkmen.
Since Salbi’s appointment. he is believed to have been working to unite the organization’s new leadership under his authority.
|...born in Tal Afar, for those keeping track at home. |
Salbi’s location is currently unknown, but the intelligence officials said he was likely to be headquartered in a region of small villages and towns west of djinn-infested Mosul
... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn...
The Islamic State evolved in Syria after US troops withdrew from Iraq in 2011; its fighters swept back across the border in 2014, captured wide swaths of western and northern Iraq and imposed brutal rule over a self-declared "caliphate."
A US-led coalition finally ousted the group from the last of its territory in Syria in March 2019, but thousands of fighters scattered throughout the region and continue to pose a threat.
In October, US Army special operations forces chased al-Baghdadi into a dead-end tunnel on a compound where he had been hiding, and he set off a boom jacket he was wearing.
In November, US President Donald Trump
| Before Baghdadi’s death in a US military raid in north-west Syria on 27 October, the US state department put a $5m bounty on Salbi’s head and on two other senior members of the group. Salbi was touted as a potential replacement for the ailing Baghdadi in August |
...Perhaps no man has ever had as much fun being president of the US...
said America had its eye on a new Islamic State leader, telling the Economic Club of New York that "we know where he is."
Trump did not mention the name of the new target.
After Baghdadi’s death, a front man for the group urged followers to pledge allegiance to the new "caliph" and advised Americans: "Don’t rejoice."
The new IS leader was identified as a scholar, a well-known warrior and "emir of war" who had battled American forces and knew "its wars."
"So don’t rejoice America for the death of Sheik al-Baghdadi," the speaker said. "Don’t you know, America, that [IS] today is at the doorstep of Europe
...the land mass occupying the space between the English Channel and the Urals, also known as Moslem Lebensraum...
and is in Central Africa? It is also expanding and remaining from east to west."
Kurdish forces in northern Iraq have warned since last summer of an increase in attacks in the centre and north of the country. Isis claimed to have carried out 106 attacks between 20 and 26 December to avenge the deaths of Baghdadi and the Isis propaganda chief, Abu Hassan al-Muhajir, on the same day.
A senior Iraqi Kurdish official said: “We’ve seen significant uptick in Isis attacks from mid last year, with the centre of gravity having now moved further south. We’re now tracking on average 60 attacks a month through assassinations, roadside bombs and assaults on Iraqi security forces.
“Their rural networks remain very much intact; after all, Isis members in Iraq still receive monthly salaries and training in remote mountainous areas. That network allows the organisation to endure, even when militarily defeated.”
The hunt for Salbi has extended to Turkey where his brother, Adel Salbi, is a representative in a political party called the Turkmen Iraqi Front. The new Isis leader is thought to have maintained connections with his brother until he was named as leader.
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