The successor of the Islamic head of state Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who was killed last week in a raid in Syria, is said to be a scholar, a known warrior and "Emir of war," the terrorist group said Thursday.
The terrorist group confirmed the death of Baghdadi in an audio published by ISIS Central Al-Furgan Foundation and named its successor Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Qurayhi.
No further details were given about Qurayshi – except that he allegedly attributed his lineage, like Baghdadi, to the Quraysh tribe of the Prophet Muhammad.
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ISIS typically identifies its leaders using Nomen de Guerre, which refers to their tribal affiliation and ancestry.
"Do not rejoice over the death of Sheik al-Baghdadi in America," the spokesman said. "Do not you know that the state (ISIS) today lies at the gates of Europe and in Central Africa? It is growing and will remain from east to west." The speaker referred to the slogan used by ISIS at the height of its success: "Remaining and expanding".
Baghdadi was killed last Saturday in an attack by US troops on an ISIS site in the Syrian province of Northern Idlib. He died after detonating an explosive vest after running into a tunnel when troops pursued him.
Two children who had dragged Baghdadi along were also killed by the explosion. In total, US forces killed six IS members ̵
The Pentagon released video footage of the raid on Wednesday.
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The death of Baghdadi was a milestone in the fight against IS, which brutalized parts of Syria and Iraq and attempted to direct a global campaign on its own, the declared "caliphate". Years of campaigning by US and Allied forces has led to the reconquest of the group's territorial position, but its violent ideology has continued to lead to attacks.
On Thursday, the spokesperson for ISIS Audio also confirmed the death of Abu Hassan al-Muhajir, a close adjunct to Baghdadi, who was believed to be his potential successor. He was speaker of the group since 2016.
He was killed Sunday in Jarablus, northern Syria in a joint US operation with Kurdish forces hours after Baghdadi blew himself up during the raid.
The new spokesman Abu Hamza al-Qurayshi called on the followers to commit to the new caliph and turned to the Americans with the words, "Do not rejoice."
CLICK HERE TO OBTAIN THE FOX NEWS APP  "The Shura Council convened immediately after the confirmation of the martyrdom of Sheikh Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, and the mujahedeen leaders voted in consultation to their brothers and to the will (from al-Baghdadi) to swear allegiance to Abu Ibrahim al-Baghdadi, Hashimi al-Qurayshi as the new leader of the faithful. "
Andrew O & # 39; Reilly of Fox News, Nicole Darrah and the Associated Press contributed to this report.