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ISIS confirms Baghdadi's death and names his successor: NPR



The late IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in an undated image published this week by the Pentagon.

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The late IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in an undated image published by the Pentagon this week.

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Thursday of the Islamic State confirmed the death of its founder and leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and announced a successor. The IS propaganda arm also confirmed the death of another IS spokesman, his former spokesman.

In an audio message published about his pivotal media operation, the group's new spokesman announced that Baghdadi's successor is a man named Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Quraishi. He is a largely unknown figure outside the ISIS circles and is celebrated in the Embassy as the "Emir of the Believers" and "Caliph" of the group's alleged caliphate.

In the announcement, both Baghdadi and former ISIS spokesman Abu al-Hassan al-Muhajir were praised as "martyrs".