U.S special forces Thursday killed ISIS leader Abu Ibrahim Al Hashimi Al Qurayshi.
Abu Ibrahim Al Hashimi Al Qurayshi, known as both “The Professor” and “The Destroyer”, had been the leader of ISIS since the United States assassination of Abu Baker Al Baghdadi in 2019.
Al Qurayshi’s birth name is Amir Mohammed Said Abd Al Rahman Al Mawla.
“He commanded [ISIS] by couriers who came and went and used these innocent people as his shield,” a senior US official said following Al Qurayshi’s death.
He led Members of the terror group to capture an entire town in Mozambique, killing at least 55 people and displacing more than 34,000.
Al Qurayshi spent time in US custody during the war in Iraq after being captured by US forces in Mosul in 2008.
Released interrogation reports show that he provided a treasure trove of information on his fellow group members.
“He was a very kind of savvy political player, willing to kind of turn on his own organisation members if it suited his best interests,” said Daniel Milton, director of research at the Combating Terrorism Centre at West Point.