A new spokesman for the International Terrorist Group "ISIS" by the name of Abu Hamza al-Qurayshi, just confirmed the death of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and the former spokesman Abu al-Hassan al-Muhajir.
ISIS appoints Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Qurayshi as its new leader, Emir al-Moemineen (the emir of the faithful).
So both the spokesman and the new leader of ISIS claim descent from the Meccan tribe of Quraysh.
The spokesman asks followers to pledge allegiance to the new caliphate.
An 8-minute audio uploaded to the Internet is mostly to mention the names and ask followers to pledge allegiance to the new leader. He says that won’t change anything about the group, “it is remaining” and is now near the shores of Europe unlike before.
But Baghdadi’s successor claims descent from the Hashemite clan of Prophet Mohammed; his title includes that. The spokesman’s kunya only says “Qurashi” so he’s from the bigger tribe of Mohammed, not necessarily the same clan.
The ISIS announcement confirms for the first time that the former spokesman was from Saudi Arabia.
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