The ISIL armed group spokesman has announced in an audio concerning the death of its leader Abu Hasan al-Hashimi al-Qurashi who was killed in a battle recently without elaborating the date of his death or the circumstances.
Al-Hashimi, an Iraqi, died “fighting the enemies of God killing”, Abu Omar al-Muhajer, the spokesman, said on Wednesday, as he announced the group’s new leader as Abu al-Hussein al-Husseini al-Qurashi.
“He is one of the veteran warriors and one of the loyal sons of the Islamic State [of Iraq and the Levant],” al-Muhajer added.
“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,” said the spokesman for the US National Security Council, John Kirby.
Al-Quraishi is the third leader to be killed since founder Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was killed in Syria’s Idlib by the Americans in 2019.
The death marked a blow to the armed group that was defeated in Iraq in 2017 and in Syria two years later. The group has been trying to group in the two countries in recent months.