Abu al-Hussain al-Hussaini al-Qurashi

Abu al-Hussain al-Hussaini al-Qurashi is the current leader of ISIS. Following the death of former ISIS leader Abu Hasan al-Hashimi al-Qurashi, Abu al-Hussain was announced as the new caliph on November 30, 2022.Mina Aldroubi, “ISIS announces new leader after terrorist chief killed in battle,” The National, November 30, 2022, https://www.thenationalnews.com/mena/syria/2022/11/30/isis-announces-new-leader-but-reveals-little-about-him/.

Although there were reports that Abu Hasan was captured by Turkish forces in May 2022, ISIS later confirmed the death of the late caliph on November 30, 2022.Chris Matthews, “New ISIS leader 'is captured in Istanbul raid' three months after previous chief was killed in US operation,” Daily Mail, May 26, 2022, https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10857583/New-ISIS-leader-captured-Istanbul-raid-three-months-boss-killed-operation.html; Mina Aldroubi, “ISIS announces new leader after terrorist chief killed in battle,” The National, November 30, 2022, https://www.thenationalnews.com/mena/syria/2022/11/30/isis-announces-new-leader-but-reveals-little-about-him/. In an official statement, the group claimed the deceased leader was killed “in combat with enemies of God” but offered no other details regarding the date or circumstances leading to his death. The statement also declared Abu al-Hussain as the new leader of the extremist enterprise. Reportedly a veteran jihadist, not much else is known about Abu al-Hussain.Rachel Hagan, “ISIS leader 'killed in action' as murderous group names its new caliph,” Mirror, November 30, 2022, https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/breaking-isis-leader-killed-action-28621464; Mina Aldroubi, “ISIS announces new leader after terrorist chief killed in battle,” The National, November 30, 2022, https://www.thenationalnews.com/mena/syria/2022/11/30/isis-announces-new-leader-but-reveals-little-about-him/.

Extremist entity
ISIS
Type(s) of Organization:
Insurgent, territory-controlling, religious, terrorist, violent
Ideologies and Affiliations:
Islamist, jihadist, pan-Islamist, Salafist, takfiri
Position(s):
Caliph

ISIS is a violent jihadist group based in Iraq and Syria. The group has declared wilayas (provinces) in Egypt, Libya, Algeria, Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Nigeria, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and the North Caucasus. ISIS has also waged attacks in Turkey, Lebanon, France, Belgium, Iraq, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Malaysia, Tunisia, and Kuwait.

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So you go to India, and if you see a Hindu walking down the road you are allowed to kill him and take his money, is that clear? Jews should be killed ... as by Hitler. People with British passports, if you fly into Israel, it is easy. Fly into Israel and do whatever you can. If you die, you are up in paradise. How do you fight a Jew? You kill a Jew. In the case of Hindus, by bombing their businesses.

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