Barely 48 hours after the announcement of the death of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the terrorist group has a new leader.
A former officer of Saddam Hussein’s army is now at the head of ISIS. Abdullah Qardash, known as Professor, has reportedly taken control of the day-to-day management of the jihadist group.
Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi died during a US Army raid in northwestern Syria. He committed suicide in a tunnel by detonating his explosive vest.
Abdullah Qardash was reportedly named successor to Baghdadi in August after the leader of the terrorist group was wounded in an airstrike. According to several sources, he also suffered from diabetes and high blood pressure.
Qardash is a former officer in Saddam Hussein’s army who became close to Baghdadi when they were jailed in Basra by US forces for their ties to al-Qaeda in 2003.