Bagh­dadi suc­ces­sor killed by US troops

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WASH­ING­TON (Reuters) — Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump said on Tues­day the U.S. mil­i­tary had killed the per­son who likely would have suc­ceeded Abu Bakr al-Bagh­dadi as the leader of Is­lamic State.

“Just con­firmed that Abu Bakr al-Bagh­dadi’s num­ber one re­place­ment has been ter­mi­nated by Amer­i­can troops,” Trump wrote on Twit­ter. “Most likely would have taken the top spot.”

Trump was re­fer­ring to Abu al-Has­san al-Muha­jir, Is­lamic State spokesman and a high-rank­ing fig­ure within the ji­hadi group, an ad­min­is­tra­tion of­fi­cial said.

Muha­jir was killed on Sun­day in a joint raid be­tween Kur­dish-led and U.S. forces in north­ern Syria, a se­nior State Depart­ment of­fi­cial con­firmed on Mon­day.

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