ISIS militants in Libya pledge allegiance to new leader

epa02669643 A Libyan rebel fighter is seen behind the old pre-Gaddafi Libyan flag near the city of Brega, Libya, on 04 April 2011. According to media sources, the fighting continued between the rebels and government forces for control of Brega. Forces loyal to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi controlled the western part of the city, while their opponents held the eastern part. Opposition fighters in Libya have been trying over the past few days to recapture key coastal cities in the east, but continue to face difficulties due to their lack of training and equipment. EPA/VASSIL DONEV

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ISIS in Libya pledged allegiance to the new leader of the terrorist group Abu Ibrahim Al-Hashemi Al-Qurashi after the killing of the ringleader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi.

ISIS media outlets posted photos of about 32 militants in different areas in what they called “Wilayat Barqa” – Cyrenaica Region – saying it took place this month.

ISIS confirmed the killing of its leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi in the US operation in Idlib in northern Syria as well as the killing of its spokesman Abu Al-Hassan Al-Muhajr.

The terrorist group later announced Al-Hashemi as the new leader and Abu Hamza Al-Qurashi as the new spokesman.

ISIS has almost vanished from Libya after Al-Bunyan Al-Marsous operation forces terminated their presence in Sirte in 2016, thus keeping some sleeper cells and “lone wolves” in some southern region areas under the control of Khalifa Haftar’s forces.

 

Via Libya Observer

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