Terror group, ISIS ‘already has a new leader’ barely 480hours after former head, Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi blew up himself and three children to escape US military raid in Syria.
According to reports, Baghdadi’s successor is a former Iraqi army officer named Abdullah Qardash (sometimes spelt Karshesh). Not much is known about Qardash, who once served under Saddam Hussein.
But he is understood to have already taken over a number of duties from Al-Baghdadi prior to his demise this week when he detonated a suicide vest, reported Mail Online.
An official told Newsweek: ‘Baghdadi was a figurehead. He was not involved in operations or day-to-day. All Baghdadi did was say yes or no, no planning.’
The succession news comes as experts have warned the ISIS and the extremist Jihadist movements have over the last one-and-a-half decades repeatedly shown resilience after the death of key leaders.
And their militants, battle-hardened by years of fighting, remain in place around the world. The group may have been ready for the death of Baghdadi and after an initial adjustment period of a few months could even use it as a rallying case for launching new attacks, they added.