Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the ISIS captain believed to have been killed
The extremist group has been unsettled into chaos after the suspected death of brutal al-Baghdadi and a bloody power drudgery appears inevitable.
Iyad al-Obaidi, ISIS war minister and a former Iraqi army catchpoles under Saddam Hussein, is understood to have stepped forward to command the leadership in a direct challenge to his opponents.
Al-Obaidi and his leadership rival Ayad al-Jumaili linked the Sunni Salafist insurgency in Iraq in 2003, following the US-led attack which empowered Iraq’s Shi’ite majority.
They have been al-Baghdadi’s top right hands since air strikes in 2016 killed his then-deputy Abu Ali al-Anbari, his Chechen war support Abu Omar al-Shishani and his Syrian chief propagandist, Abu Mohammad al-Adnani.
ISIS is in entropy after the death of its leader and the loss of key cities like Mosul
Jumaili recognises Obaidi as his chief but there is no clear successor
Hisham al-Hashimi, who advises discrete Middle East governments on ISIS affairs, said: «Jumaili recognises Obaidi as his superior but there is no clear successor and, depending on conditions, it can be either of the two who succeeds Baghdadi.”
Al-Baghdadi awarded himself the designation of caliph — the chief Muslim civil and religious ruler, regarded as the successor of the Clairvoyant Mohammad — in 2014.
It is unlikely al-Obaidi would become caliph because he deficiencies religious standing and ISIS has lost so much of its territory.
A bloody power toil is predicted after the death of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi
Fadhel Abu Ragheef, another Iraqi excellent on the extremist group, said: «They don’t belong to the Prophet Mohammad’s stick about.
«The group has no longer ‘a land to rule’ or ‘Ardh al-Tamkeen’. And none is robust versed in Islamic theology.”
There has been no official confirmation of al-Baghdadi’s dying.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said it had received ”confirmed gen» that al-Baghdadi had been killed in airstrike on June 8.
Russia’s Justification Ministry claimed it killed al-Baghdadi when it bombed a gathering of ISIS commanders on the outskirts of the arrange’s besieged capital Raqqa in Syria.
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But Western and Iraqi controls remain sceptical because al-Baghdadi’s death has been wrongly surfaced several times before, and the Pentagon stated it is unable to confirm the past due reports.
The death of Baghdadi, who declared a caliphate from a mosque in the Iraqi burg of Mosul in 2014, would be one of the biggest blows yet to the jihadist group, which has decent been driven out of the Iraqi city of Mosul after a bloody affray.
US intelligence officials say they believe ISIS has moved most of its persisting leaders to al-Mayadin in Syria’a Euphrates Valley, southeast of Raqqa.
In the midst the operations moved to al-Mayadin, about 50 miles west of the Iraqi brink, were its online propaganda operation and its limited command and control of strikes in Europe and elsewhere.