About a month ago I wrote that the head honcho of ISIS, a dude named al-Baghdadi, had been seriously injured in an airstrike. I did also comment that it was not a confirmed report and that I would watch for confirmation.
Last week I got that conformation……UK’s Guardian was reporting that al-Baghdadi was not doing well and that he was suffering serious spinal injuries from a coalition airstrike……and again I stated that the full report was not confirmed and may be hearsay or wishful thinking…..
But over the weekend this report came through…….reported by an Israeli source…..(their info is not as trustworthy as one would expect.)…….
Abu Alaa al-Afri, who is said to be the acting leader of the Islamic State after leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was reportedly gravely wounded in an assassination attempt, is a mysterious figure on whom very little credible information is available.
He was al-Baghdadi’s second-in-command, and even before al-Baghdadi’s reported incapacitating injury, al-Afri had a dominant role in the terror organization’s leadership. But beyond that – very little is known about him.
Al-Afri, a former physics teacher whose age is unknown, was born in the city al-Khidr, some 80 km south of Mosul, the strategic Iraqi city under Islamic State control since last summer.
Like al-Baghdadi, al-Afri has been a member of al-Qaeda – the organization that later spawned the Islamic State – for years. In 1998 he went to Afghanistan, and later made his way up the ranks of al-Qaeda. He was loyal to the organizations’ Iraqi branch leader, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi.
Okay if report is accurate…..we have a new leader of ISIS who is smarter, and with good charisma which will make him more dangerous than his predecessor…..
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