Baghdadi immobile: IS to ‘elect’ stand-in leader

Updated 11 May 2015

Baghdadi immobile: IS to ‘elect’ stand-in leader

BAGHDAD: The chief of the Islamic State militant group has reportedly been moved from Iraq to Syria amid tight security, militant defectors told US-based news site The Daily Beast in a report on Sunday.
The transfer of Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi to the northern city of Raqqa, which is the capital of the group’s self-declared caliphate, comes two months after serious injuries that left his spine damaged and his left leg immobile.
In March, British media had reported that Baghdadi was wounded in an airstrike launched by the US-led coalition.
However, Pentagon spokesman Col. Steve Warren had told The Daily Beast: “We have no reason to believe it was Baghdadi.”
A group of nine doctors was also transferred to the Syrian city to treat the leader who was moved after top commanders decided he would be safer in Raqqa than Mosul, where an Iraqi offensive is expected to start later this summer to recapture Iraq’s second largest city.
Although mentally alert and able to issue orders, Baghdadi’s wounds led the group’s religious governing Shoura Council to make a final decision on a momentary stand-in leader.
The substitute leader, who is expected to be under the rule of Baghdadi, will be a super deputy to the caliph, according to the news website.
He will be expected to travel back and forth between front-lines in Syria and Iraq and handle day-to-day leadership in the caliphate.
The name of the super deputy to the caliph is due to be announced this week by the Shoura Council.
Some names who emerged as potential contenders included Abu Ali Al-Anbari, a Mosul native and former major general in the Iraqi Army as well as former physics teacher, Abu Ala Al-Afri and the current Islamic State governor of Raqqa, Abu Luqman.


Kuwait expects nearly 1.5 million expats to leave by end of year

Updated 11 July 2020

Kuwait expects nearly 1.5 million expats to leave by end of year

  • Over 158,000 expat workers have already left the country
  • The Egyptian and Indian expats communities were hit the hardest

DUBAI: Almost 1.5 million expatriate workers are expected to leave Kuwait by year’s end as economic slowdown due to the coronavirus pandemic forced companies to cut their workforce to save on costs and remain afloat.
Likewise, the government’s decision to lower the number of expats living in the country, through a new residency law, and its continuing Kuwaitization of jobs in the public sector also hit migrant workers.
Over 158,000 expat workers have already left the country only in a span of 116 days, or from March 16 until July 9, many of whom have been laid off because of the coronavirus crisis, local newspaper Arab Times reported.
The Egyptian and Indian expats communities were hit the hardest, the report said.
The draft of Kuwait’s new residency law would limit the number of foreign nationals recruited by companies each year and will include regulations based on their skills, Interior Minister Anas Al-Saleh was earlier reported as saying.
The Kuwait parliament aims to have the legislation ready by October, prior to the November elections.