Abdul Nasser Qirdash, new ISIS leader, captured in Iraq

By Editor on 21/05/2020

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Abdul Nasser Qirdash, the new leader the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), who replaced Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, killed, October, 2019, has been arrested by Iraqi intelligence officers, according to local reports.

Daily Mail, reports that Abdul Nasser Qirdash, 'the candidate to succeed the terrorist Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi' was captured, according to the National Iraqi News Agency. It is unclear where or how the new caliph was detained.

A photograph obtained by a local journalist and posted online purports to show the jihadist, a veteran who had served 'since the days of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi.'

But aspersions have been cast on the claims of the Iraqi news agency, not least because the photo does not match with previous photos of Baghdadi's successor.

After Baghdadi's death it was reported that Muhammad al-Mawla, who also used the nom de guerre Abdullah Qardash and was nicknamed The Professor, was to take over as the caliph.

Caliphate leader: Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi detonated his own suicide vest during the targeted raid on his lair in Syria's Idlib province and killed three of his children in the blast in October 2019. He is shown in a still from a video released in April, having not been seen since he spoke at the Grand Mosque in Mosul in 2014

The source told the Iraqi news agency: 'The terrorist (Qirdash) served as the head of the commission authorised by the terrorist organisation Daesh, and he worked with the organisation as a leader from the time of the terrorist Abu Musab al-Zarqawi until the battles of al-Baghouz that he led himself.'

After Baghdadi's death it was reported that Muhammad al-Mawla, who also used the nom de guerre Abdullah Qardash and was nicknamed The Professor, was to take over as the caliph 

Baghdadi famously 'died like a dog,' as Donald Trump put it, when US forces stormed his compound in northwestern Syria in October 2019.

Baghdadi, who had steered ISIS's foul terror across the world, blew himself up with a suicide vest, along with three of his children, when he was cornered by special forces.

The man tipped to succeed him as Abdullah Qardash, a former officer in Saddam Hussein's military who was in charge of 'Muslim Affairs' under Baghdadi's reign.

However, it is not even clear that Qardash did take over as leader because the group became fractured after it was routed at its final stronghold at Baghouz. 

It remains unclear if the man captured is indeed Qardash or perhaps another leader of ISIS. 

The Iraqi security forces are nor reliable sources of information and so the information must be viewed with ample circumspection. 



Source Dailymailonline

Posted on May, 21 2020

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