In a new audio clip, ISIS warned the world that it is “on the doorstep of Europe and in the center of Africa.”
Rabat – A new spokesperson for ISIS made an audio recording on Thursday, October 31, to name the terrorist network’s new leader, Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Qurashi.
Little is known about al-Qurashi. The name is likely not his given name, just as the founder and leader of ISIS, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, went by his nomme de guerre. Al-Baghdadi’s real name was Ibrahim Awad Ibrahim al-Badri.
ISIS described al-Qurashi as a “religious scholar.” The group’s shura council, which governs ISIS, selected Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Qurashi as their new “caliph.”
The name “al-Qurashi” indicates that the new leader claims a lineage from the tribe of the prophet Muhammad.
ISIS’s media arm al-Furqan posted the audio clip, which contained a warning for the world. “Do you not realize that the [Islamic] State today is not only on the doorstep of Europe and in the center of Africa, it is staying and expanding from the east to the west.”
After the announcement, affiliated terrorist groups pledged their allegiance to al-Qurashi.
The audio clip was just seven minutes long and called on fighters to free ISIS prisoners and recruit more jihadis.
The spokesperson, Abu Hamza al-Qurayshi, also confirmed the death of al-Baghdadi. “America, do not be happy with the killing of Sheikh al-Baghdadi.”
US special forces raided a property where al-Baghdadi was living in northern Syria, near Idlib, early Sunday morning, October 27. During the raid, al-Baghdadi crawled into a tunnel and detonated a bomb, killing himself and two children.