Source: Arabic.net, agencies
The British Guardian newspaper reported Monday, quoting officials in two unidentified intelligence services, that “Al-Hashemi Al-Qurashi, is in fact one of the founders of the organization and one of the major ideological theorists”, and his real name is Amir Muhammad Abd al-Rahman al-Mawla al-Salabi.
Al-Mawla also hails from the Turkmen minority in Iraq, which makes him one of the few non-Arab leaders in the organization, according to the newspaper.
Al-Mawla, who graduated, according to the same source, from the University of Mosul, had the upper hand in the campaign of persecution launched by “ISIS” against the Yazidi minority in Iraq in 2014.
For its part, the United States in August 2019 offered a financial reward of up to five million dollars for any information leading it to the leader who was at the time still a leader in the organization, but he was nevertheless a “potential successor to ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.”
According to the US government’s “Rewards for Justice” website, “Al-Mawla, who is also known as Haji Abdullah, was a religious scholar at the former ISIS organization, Al Qaeda in Iraq, and rose steadily in the ranks to assume a major leadership role in ISIS.”
In addition, the site added that, as “one of the largest ideologists in ISIS, Hajji Abdullah helped lead and justify the kidnapping, slaughter and smuggling of the Yazidi religious minority in northwestern Iraq, and is believed to oversee some of the global terrorist operations of the organization.”
The US President, Donald Trump, announced in October Al-Baghdadi was killed An American raid northwest of Syria, a few kilometers from the border with Iraq.