- President Donald Trump of the United States confirms the death of Abu al-Hassan al-Muhajir, who was just named the new ISIL leader
- Abu al-Hassan al-Muhajir was the replacement to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who was also killed recently
- The US government also confirms the death of a spokesperson of the organisation
The president of the United States, Donald Trump, has announced the killing of Abu al-Hassan al-Muhajir, new leader just appointed to head the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) after the death of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
Trump announced that al-Muhtajir was 'terminated' in a tweet confirming the development just days after he announced the killing of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the former leader of the terrorist organisation.
Trump tweeted: "Just confirmed that Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi's number one replacement has been terminated by American troops. Most likely would have taken the top spot - Now he is also dead!"
Though Trump did not give details about the identity of this new leader of ISIL who was killed, earlier reports that named al-Muhtajir as the leader.
Aljazeera reports that the US government also confirmed the killing of a spokesperson "and a high-ranking figure within the group".
The report said fingers are pointing in the direction of Abu Othman al-Tunsi, a Tunisian national who heads ISIL's Shura council, as the next new leader of the group.
Briefly.co.za reported that Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi had been killed during an earlier American raid that had been kept a secret from Democrat politicians.
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