According to data provided by a Spanish international news agency, The terrorist group Islamic State (IS) today distributed an audio attributed to its new spokesman in which it threatens the United States assuring that is coming “who will make you see what you have never seen” referring to Abu Ibrahim al-Hashemi al-Qurashi, the IS new “caliph”.
The appointment of the new head occurs after acknowledging the death of its former leader Al Baghdadi. “Do not rejoice at the death of Sheikh Al Baghdadi and do not forget the death you have suffered at his hands,” said the spokesman in the message addressed to the U.S.
In the audio, broadcast on social networks affiliated with the Jihadists, the IS called on its supporters to follow the instructions of Al Baghdadi, who died together with EI spokesman Abu Hasan al Muhayir in a US military operation on 27 July in the north-western Syrian province of Idlib. He also called on Muslims to swear allegiance to Abu Ibrahim al-Hashemi.
The new spokesman, who is identified as Abu Hamza al Qurashi, said in the message that the U.S. fate “ is controlled by a stupid old man who changes his mind overnight,” in an apparent reference to U.S. President Donald Trump, who announced Al Baghdadi’s death on 27 October.
The recent named spokesman reported in the recording the authenticity of which could not be verified, that the EI advisory council met after Al Baghdadi’s death and agreed to appoint Abu Ibrahim al Qurashi as “emir of the believers and caliph of the jihadists”.
IS did not provide many details about the new leader, but they declared he was a veteran jihadist fighter with experience fighting against the West.
The death of Al Baghdadi, the world’s most wanted terrorist, occurred in an operation conducted in the town of Barisha, barely six kilometres from the Syrian-Turkish border , next to Idlib, with intelligence information from Syrian-Kurdish militias.
According to the President Donald Trump´s version and confirmed by the US Government, Al Baghdadi immolated himself by detonating an explosive vest together with two of his sons, leaving his remains unrecognizable.
The Kurds have offered a version in which they claim that Al Baghdadi was recognized with a DNA test on his personal clothing.
A few days ago, the Russian Ministry of Defence raised doubts about the veracity of Al Baghdadi’s death.
The head of US Central Command, Gen Kenneth McKenzie, showed black-and-white photos and videos of that location and explained that the assault forces surrounded the facility and allowed those next to the leader to leave “peacefully”.
“Al Baghdadi’s remains were ‘buried’ at sea in accordance with the law of armed conflict within 24 hours of his death,” the U.S. high command said.