ISIS confirms death of its ‘caliph’ and names Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Qurayshi as its new chief as it warns America ‘not to rejoice’ in the death of its leadership
‘We mourn you… commander of the faithful’, said new ISIS spokesman Abu Hamza al-Quraishi.
However, the extremists warned America not to ‘rejoice’ in the death of two senior ISIS figures.
‘America, don’t you realize that the Islamic State is now at the forefront of Europe and West Africa? It is extended from the East to the West,’ the statement said.
Warning that ISIS was not limited to the Middle East, the terrorists vowed that their extremist ‘mission’ would continue.
ISIS fanatics were also urged to heed Baghdadi’s words in his final recorded message in September, when he urged his followers to break imprisoned ISIS members out of prison.
More than 10,000 ISIS prisoners are being held in Syria while another camp is home to some 70,000 people, mainly relatives of the extremists.
Terror expert Rita Katz said the message showed that ISIS’s online operations were ‘alive and well’ despite Baghdadi’s death.
‘We should expect to see a campaign for this message spanning various platforms, accompanied by pledges from across the world,’ she said today.
On Telegram, a messaging service, the Amaq news agency linked to ISIS has continued to post claims of attacks in the Middle East.