16/11/2019 – ISIS Libya pledged Friday 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.
US Africa Command (AFRICOM) said earlier that its airstrikes that were coordinated with the Presidential Council’s government killed a third of the remaining ISIS militants in Libya.