A picture taken on October 28, 2019, shows Syrian artist Aziz al-Asmar posing with relatives near a mural he painted in the town of Binnish in the northwestern Idlib province, depicting US President Donald Trump directing the "play" of killing Islamic State (IS) group's leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in Syria. (Photo by MUHAMMAD HAJ KADOUR/AFP via Getty Images)

ISIS Puts the Bulls-Eye on a New Leader’s Back

A Gulf-based newspaper is reporting that the Islamic State has wasted no time in naming a successor to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and Abu Hassan al-Muhajir, the leaders who were killed last week by the United States military in dramatic precision raids. The man reportedly chosen to pick up the gauntlet is Iraqi-born Abdullah Qardash, who apparently was selected for the role by al-Baghdadi himself. The operation that killed the second-in-command was a joint-operation by the American military and Kurdish intelligence units according to a statement by the commander of the Kurdish forces in Syria. The organization that monitors the Syrian civil war, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, said that al-Muhajir was killed as he traveled in a convoy. Doubtless coincidentally, the Congressional vote came on Turkey’s National Day.

 

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