Paul Cruickshank and Tim Lister / CNN
What remains of ISIS — the so-called Islamic State in Iraq and Syria — is yet to acknowledge the death of its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi who died in a raid by US forces in northern Syria on Saturday.
At this early stage it’s not clear who will succeed him. President Donald Trump tweeted Tuesday that “Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s number one replacement has been terminated by American troops.” Trump added, “Most likely would have taken the top spot – Now he is also Dead!”
A US official told CNN “the President was referring to ISIS spokesperson Abu Hasan al-Muhajir” — who was described by a senior State Department official on Monday as “kind of a number two” to Baghdadi. He was killed in a different part of northern Syria than where Baghdadi died, according to the Syrian Democratic Forces.
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