• World’s Most Ruthless Terror Group Nominates a New Leader — the Battle Goes on

    Surge Summary: ISIS promotes a  “veteran jihadist” to position to replace the recently killed al-Baghdadi. Case closed: War on Terror goes on, America cannot let down her guard. 

    A little sobering water tossed on the fire of “ISIS-is-finished- the-War-on-Terror-is-completed” overreaction to the very welcome news of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s death …

    Apparently the radical terror organization isn’t quite ready to lay down their murderous cause. Newser’s Bob Cronin informs us ISIS has picked a replacement for the ignominiously demised jihadist leader. A statement released by the murderous band says their new chief is a veteran jihadist fighter and religious scholar.

    Hmmm … You mean like the “austere religious scholar” that, according to the Washington Post, was the late al-Baghdadi?

    ISIS announced a new leader to replace Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who died in a raid by US forces last weekend. The terrorist organization said Thursday that his replacement is Abu Ibrahim al-Hashemi al-Qurashi, an identity that’s probably a nom de guerre, the BBC reports. A seven-minute audio statement said he’s a veteran jihadist fighter and religious scholar [hah! There it is!] who’s fought against US forces, per the Independent. In addition to announcing its new leader, ISIS confirmed the deaths of Baghdadi and of spokesman Abu al-Hasan al-Muhajir.

    The new spokesman said the Shura Council has pledged its allegiance to Hashemi, and – yippeeee! – their bloodthirtsy allies were expressing support after the ISIS newsflash. Isn’t that precious …

    Site Intelligence Group said ISIS warned the US to not celebrate the killing of Baghdadi, per USA Today. ISIS “is at the doorstep of Europe and is in Central Africa,” the statement said, per CBS. “It is also expanding and remaining from east to west.” (The Defense Department released a video and details about the raid in which Baghdadi died.)

    So the battle for civilization continues … threats against America aren’t going away anytime soon … determined efforts to quench international Islamist barbarism will be required for the foreseeable future. Don’t retire U.S. intel agencies or military forces.

    Suck it up, America. Stay alert.

    HT/: Newser/Bob Cronin

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