Iraq's ISI network replaces slain leaders

Iraqi insurgent group has appointed new leaders to replace senior commanders killed by U.S. and Iraqi forces, after naming a "war minister".

Iraq's ISI network replaces slain leaders

Iraqi insurgent group has appointed new leaders to replace senior commanders killed by U.S. and Iraqi forces, after naming a "war minister".

In a statement published on some websites on Saturday, the Islamic State of Iraq (ISI) said its governing council had selected Abu Baker al-Baghdadi al-Husseini al-Qurashi as its caliph, or head, and Abu Abdullah al-Hassani al-Qurashi as his deputy and first minister.

The names were most likely noms de guerre rather than the operatives' real names.

The two leaders replaced the former purported head of the ISI, Abu Omar al-Baghdadi, and the leader of al Qaeda in Iraq, Abu Ayyub al-Masri, also known as Abu Hamza al-Muhajir, who were killed in a raid north of Baghdad last month.

The two new appointments followed the naming on Friday of a new "war minister" for the ISI, al-Nasser Lideen Allah Abu Suleiman.

Reuters

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