Who was Abu al-Qurashi, the leader of the Islamic State?

Prior to becoming the leader of the Islamic State, Abu Ibrahim al-Hashemi al-Qurashi was a prisoner of US forces and provided the US with secret information from the terrorist group.

Abu Ibrahim al-Hashemi al-Qurashi was the war name of Amir Mohammed Abdul Rahman al-Mawli al-Salbi, described by the Islamic State as “prominently jihad”. Before leading the terrorist group, he was a prisoner of US forces, with whom he collaborated, providing inside information about the Islamic State.

When he assumed leadership of the terrorist organization in 2019, a week after the death of former leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, Abu al-Qurashi was presented as a veteran fighter, who had fought the United States in the past.

By naming the then new leader with the name “al-Qurashi”, the Islamic State made it clear that he was a descendant of the Quraysh tribe of the Prophet Muhammad. Something that is generally considered by pre-modern Sunni scholars to be a key characteristic of becoming caliph.

Also dubbed “the teacher” or the “destroyer”, the jihadist with multiple aliases directed the massacre of the Kurdish-speaking minority of the Yazidis in Iraq. Washington had promised a ten million dollar (8.7 million euros) reward for any information that would help find him.

Later last year, a Washington Post investigation found that Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Qurashi worked for US forces, delivering information about the terrorist group to the US. The secret reports, to which the American newspaper had access, describe the now-dead Islamic State leader as a model prisoner, “cooperative”, unusually talkative and who went out of his way to be helpful, even providing directions on how to find the headquarters. group secret.

It was even Abu al-Qurashi who helped the Americans locate and kill Abu Qaswarah, the group’s number two leader, in an operation in the Iraqi city of Mosul. He drew maps of the complex where Abu Qaswarah was hiding and revealed the name of his personal messenger.

This Thursday, the US announced that Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Qurayshi died during a special forces attack, the victim of an explosion caused by himself. In addition to his own death, the terrorist target also killed family members, including women and children.

Source: with agencies


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