Spokesman of the Islamic State (ISIS), Abu Omar al-Muhajer has announced the death of the topmost leader of the group, Abu al-Hassan al-Hashimi al-Qurayshi in a special forces operation.
According to the terrorist group media affiliate, al-Furqanm which made this known in an audio recording as captured by the CNN today, November 30, the demised leader was appointed in March this year after the death of Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Qurayshi in a military operation in the northwest of Syria.
The spokesman said: “I announce and mourn for the Islamic State and the fighters of almighty Islamic State, (the absence) of the Amir of believers and the Calipha of the Muslims Abu al-Hasan al-Hashmi al-Qurayshi…he was killed while struggling against the enemies’ of God.” While the details of al-Qurayshi’s demise were not yet clear, the US National Security Council coordinator, John Kirby reacted to the news.
Kirby said: “we certainly welcome the news of the death of another ISIS leader. I don’t have any additional operational details to provide (at) this time. We’re still working our way through that.”
The CNN report said the group immediately announced Abu al-Husain al-Husaini al-Quraishi as its new leader.
Little is known about him, but the group described him as an “old fighter” without giving further details.