Skepticism about ISIS claim of a successor to Al-Baghdadi

Terrorism experts, including DEBKAfile, are skeptical of the name ISIS has put forward as the successor to its dead leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi. No trace of the name Abu Ibrahim al-Hashemi appears in any former Islamic State references. The speed with which he was named, just five days after the leader was killed by US troops, also raises suspicions. A leadership selection in Islamist terrorist organizations usually takes many months – especially in this case, when Shura Council members are scattered in different hideouts and on the run.

Some experts postulate that 1. Either the published name of Abu Ibrahim al-Hashemi is fake, an alias masking the new leader’s real identity, or 2. The real leader is the well known Abdullah Qardash, a former Iraqi army officer who was close to Baghdadi from 2005, when they spent months together in the US Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq

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3 thoughts on “Skepticism about ISIS claim of a successor to Al-Baghdadi

  • Nov 1, 2019 @ 23:04 at 23:04
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    The ‘new’ terrorist leader is just a tweet, facebook whisper away. but have you heard of Ali habdabghabi? 🌠

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    • Nov 2, 2019 @ 7:10 at 7:10
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      Have you heard of babaganoush?

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  • Nov 2, 2019 @ 0:32 at 0:32
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    To all the “experts”….does it matters the name of the new leader ? I’m sure they got one by now, make sense that they nominate one, it took about 10 days after Zarkawi’s death that Bagdhadi was chosen, names don’t matter, just get him, who ever he is !

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