ISIS militants in Libya pledge allegiance to new leader

ISIS Libya pledged Friday allegiance to the new leader of the terrorist group Abu Ibrahim Al-Hashemi Al-Qurashi after the killing of the ringleader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi.

ISIS media outlets posted photos of about 32 militants in different areas in what they called “Wilayat Barqa” – Cyrenaica Region – saying it took place this month.

ISIS confirmed the killing of its leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi in the US operation in Idlib in northern Syria as well as the killing of its spokesman Abu Al-Hassan Al-Muhajr.

The terrorist group later announced Al-Hashemi as the new leader and Abu Hamza Al-Qurashi as the new spokesman.

ISIS has almost vanished from Libya after Al-Bunyan Al-Marsous operation forces terminated their presence in Sirte in 2016, thus keeping some sleeper cells and “lone wolves” in some southern region areas under the control of Khalifa Haftar’s forces.

US Africa Command (AFRICOM) said earlier that its airstrikes that were coordinated with the Presidential Council’s government killed a third of the remaining ISIS militants in Libya.