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Islamic State appoints Abdullah Qardash as new leader

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Abdullah Qardash is appointed to lead the organisation after the death of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in a US military-led operation last Saturday, the terrorist group has already named a new head: Abdullah Qardash, known as ‘Destroyer’ and ‘Professor’, according to Amaq, the Islamic State propaganda magazine.

The former officer of Saddam Hussein’s forces had been commanding and planning Daesh’s daily operations since August, despite the group being led by al-Baghdadi.

Abdullah Qardash, known as Destroyer and Professor

“Baghdadi was an iron head. He was not involved in day-to-day operations. All Baghdadi said was yes or no. No planning,” an IS group analyst told Newsweek magazine, adding, In his view, since Baghdadi was injured in an American attack in 2017, he has stepped down.

According to Fadhil Abu Ragheef, a former Iraqi government security analyst, speaking to The Times in August, Baghdadi had given Qardash more power in recent months, preparing him to one day take over leadership of the group.

Abdullah Qardash is described as a cruel, authoritarian, strategist and highly respected man among members of the Islamic State, according to the international press.

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