ISIS confirms death of its ‘caliph’, al-Baghdadi, names new leader

…as it warns ‘not to ’ in the of its leadership

 has confirmed the death of its Abu after the self-appointed ‘caliph’ died during a . special in last weekend.

In an statement today the terror group named Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Qurayshi as its leader.

The jihadists also confirmed the death of their former  Abu Hassan al-Muhajir in a separate operation.

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The today is the statement from ISIS since Donald announced Baghdadi’s death five days ago.

‘We mourn of the faithful’, said new ISIS spokesman Abu Hamza al-Quraishi.

, the extremists warned America not to ‘rejoice’ in the death of two senior ISIS figures.

‘America, don’t you realize that the is at the forefront of and West ? It is extended from the East to the West,’ the statement said.

Warning that ISIS was not limited to the , the terrorists vowed that their extremist ‘mission’ would continue.

ISIS fanatics were also urged to Baghdadi’s in his final recorded message in September when he urged his followers to break imprisoned ISIS members out of .

More than 10,000 ISIS are being held in Syria while another camp is to some 70,000 , mainly relatives of the extremists.

Terror expert Rita Katz said the message showed that ISIS’s operations were ‘alive and well’ despite Baghdadi’s death.

‘We should expect to see a campaign for this message spanning various , accompanied by pledges from across the ,’ she said today.

The appointment of al-Qurayshi as the new ISIS leader contradicts rumours that Baghdadi’s former henchman Abdullah Qardash was set to take the top job.

Qardash, a former in Saddam Hussein’s , had met Baghdadi in a U.S. prison in after the American invasion in 2003.

On , a messaging service, the Amaq agency linked to ISIS has continued to post claims of attacks in the Middle East.

Baghdadi died after fleeing into a network of underground bunkers and tunnels that snaked through the compound in Syria, Trump revealed on Sunday.

The terrorist leader wore a vest and dragged along three as he fled from the American troops who had arrived by helicopter from Iraq.

Trump said that as U.S. troops and their closed in, went ‘whimpering and and screaming the way’ to his death.

‘He reached the end of the tunnel, as our dogs chased him down,’ Trump said. ‘He ignited his vest, killing himself and the three children.’

Trump also declared two days ago that Baghdadi’s ‘number one replacement’ had been ‘terminated’, apparently referring to spokesman Muhajir.

Muhajir was killed on Sunday in a joint raid between Kurdish-led and U.S. forces in , a State Department official confirmed on Monday.

had previously voiced doubts about whether Baghdadi was really dead after numerous false rumours of his death over the years.

The American troops had confirmed his by matching his to an Iraqi prison where he was held 15 years ago.

Baghdadi had been detained in Iraq after the U.S.-led invasion which toppled Saddam Hussein in 2003.

The operation against Baghdadi has already prompted fears of revenge attacks by followers of the terrorist leader.

A operation led by Kurdish fighters in the Syrian Democratic Forces reduced  Baghdadi’s so-called ‘caliphate’ to nothing this year.

However, Baghdadi was widely seen as a figurehead than a day-to-day leader and his followers are still capable of mounting attacks.

Small of fighters have since gone underground and continued to carry out guerrilla- attacks in the region.

Security has been tightened at ISIS in northern Syria where Kurdish guards were said to be on ‘high alert’.

Baghdadi had urged his followers to break ISIS fanatics out of prison in the last weeks of his .

are also fears that ‘sleeper cells’ around the world carry out reprisals, and and have both stepped up security.  (Dailymail)

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