The Islamic State group on Sunday vowed “revenge” over the killing of its former chief, calling on supporters to make the most of warfare in Ukraine to stage assaults in Europe.
“We announce, counting on God, a blessed marketing campaign to take revenge” over the dying of Abu Ibrahim al-Qurashi and the group’s former spokesman, an audio message attributed to the group and circulated on the Telegram messaging app stated.
The group’s new spokesman, Abu-Omar al-Muhajjir, additionally known as on supporters to renew assaults in Europe, making the most of the “obtainable alternative” of “the crusaders combating one another” — in reference to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
The group’s earlier chief died in early February when he detonated a bomb to keep away from seize throughout a US raid in northwest Syria, the White Home and US defence officers stated.
On March 10, the group confirmed his dying, together with the group’s former spokesman, naming Abu Hasan al-Hashemi al-Qurashi as the brand new chief.
Little is understood concerning the new chief, who’s the jihadist group’s third chief since its inception.
After shedding their final territory underneath a navy onslaught backed by the US-led coalition in March 2019, the remnants of IS in Syria largely went into desert hideouts.
They’ve used such hideouts to ambush Kurdish-led forces and Syrian authorities troops. The jihadists additionally proceed to mount assaults in Iraq.
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