The new head of the Islamic State is now Amir Mohammed Abdul Rahman al-Mawli al-Salbi. His identity was revealed by officials from two intelligence agencies, who managed to find out his real name after the Islamic State used a number of aliases for him, The Guardian reported.
Al-Salbi succeeded former leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, 48 hours after he blew himself up after being trapped in a US military raid in October last year in Syria.
He is believed to share a vision very similar to that of Al-Baghdadi and resumed operations in July after the chief had health problems following an air strike. The new leader is said to have been one of the founding members of ISIS and also to have led the campaign to enslave Yazidi women, one of the oldest and most persecuted religious minorities in Iraq.
He graduated in sharia from the University of Mosul. Al-Salbi is said to be responsible for Isis operations around the world and was also a former army officer in Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein.
Nicknamed “the professor” al-Salbi, he is said to have approached the previous chief al-Baghdadi when they were both imprisoned in Basra by American forces for their links with al-Qaeda in 2003.
The Islamic State has lost most of its territory after an American invasion. a led coalition conducted operations against the group and its allies.
Al-Salbi, born in Iraq, had a bonus of $ 5 million placed on his head by the US State Department before his appointment to the head of the terrorist group. Although his whereabouts are unknown, intelligence officials believe he is hiding in Idlib province in northwestern Syria, just like his predecessor.