The president of the United States, Donald Trump, announced on Tuesday that who was considered the first successor of Abu Bakr al Baghdadi, leader of the jihadist group Islamic State (ISIS in English) died on Saturday in an operation launched by Washington, had also been " removed".
“It has just been confirmed that the first successor of Abu Bakr al Baghdadi has been eliminated by US troops. Surely he would have taken the command post, and now he's dead too! ”Trump tweeted, without giving details about his identity or circumstances of death.
It was not immediately clear if Trump was referring to the death of the ISIS spokesman on Sunday. On that day the Kurdish forces announced the death of Abu Hassan al Muhajir, Baghdadi's right hand and spokesman for the organization, which many considered a natural successor.RELATED
On Sunday, President Trump announced the death of Baghdadi during a US military operation on Saturday night in Idlib, in northwestern Syria, after years of intense search for the extremist cleric who terrorized the world during the years of his “Caliphate”, especially between 2014 and 2017.
The president then gave a detailed description of the raid in which the ISIS leader was cornered by US forces and then immolated with his explosive belt.
Baghdadi's body was thrown into the sea after the operation of special forces, an official from the Pentagon, a maritime grave chosen to prevent a possible grave from becoming a place of pilgrimage and had already used it with AFP, told AFP on Monday. Osama Bin Laden, Al Qaeda leader killed by US troops in 2011.
The hunting of Al Baghdadi involved the intelligence services of the United States, Turkey and Iraq and the field work of Kurdish and Arab militias in Syrian territory for several years, especially after the “caliphate” created in Syria and Iraq collapsed almost completely in 2017, after which the ISIS leader went underground and a life between hiding places.