ISIS top leader Abdul Nasser Qardash, said to be one of the possible successors to former leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, has been captured in Iraq, according to reports. Iraq’s official news agency INA, reported that the National Intelligence Service announced the arrest of the candidate to succeed the terrorist Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi. It is unclear how or when the capture took place.
The terrorist had been high up in the organisation while Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi was leader.
Writing on Twitter, Feras Kilani, Arabic Special Correspondent at the BBC, wrote: “In intentional play with the phrase ‘potential candidate to succeed Al-Baghdadi’ used by Iraqi intelligence, Abdul Nasser Qirdash, because of his importance, is not Abdullah Qirdash, the senior leader of the organization, and the latter is not from behind al-Baghdadi, but rather al-Qurashi, whose name is Amir Muhammad Abd al-Rahman al-Salabi, which was confirmed by Washington.”
Iraq Intelligence Service capture Abdul Nasser Qardash
“He was just handed over to the Iraqis by the Syrians and Americans.”Al-Baghdadi rose to prominence in ISIS and led the brutal regime.
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He would become directly involved in ISIS’s atrocities and human rights violations including systematic executions.
Back in October, al-Baghdadi killed himself by detonating a suicide vest during the Barisha raid, killing two children in the process.
On October 31 2019, ISIS confirmed that Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was dead, and named Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Qurashi as his replacement.
Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi killed himself in October 2019
The US Rewards for Justice Program is offering more than $5 million reward for information that brings him to justice.Although not much is known about the new leader of the terrorist organisation.
It was reported this week that suspected ISIS gunmen killed at least 14 people, including two newborn babies, after attacking a hospital in the Afghan capital of Kabul.
ISIS leader Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Qurashi
Heavily armed forces were seen carrying babies away.
Special forces rescued around 100 people from Dasht-e-Barchi Hospital, a clinic ran by the charity Doctors Without Borders.
Damaged military gear is scattered on the ground at the site of an Islamic State (IS) group attack.
The militants held siege before security forces killed them in a battle which lasted several hours, the interior ministry said.
Interior ministry spokesman Tareq Arian said: “The fatalities also include mothers and nurses”.