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.


Gaza residents donate blood for Beirut victims

Updated 05 August 2020

Gaza residents donate blood for Beirut victims

  • Dozens took part in a blood drive in the city of Khan Younis on Wednesday
  • “I donated my blood in a moment of loyalty to the Lebanese people,” said Khan Younis resident Abu Diab Ouida

GAZA: Palestinians in the Gaza Strip are participating in a blood donation drive to try and help victims of the explosion in Beirut that has wounded thousands.
Dozens took part in a blood drive in the city of Khan Younis on Wednesday, which was sponsored by the Palestinian Red Crescent Society. Organizers said they will coordinate with the International Committee of the Red Cross to try to get the blood donations delivered to Lebanon.
“I donated my blood in a moment of loyalty to the Lebanese people,” said Khan Younis resident Abu Diab Ouida.
The Gaza Strip has been under a joint Israeli-Egyptian blockade since 2007, after the Islamist militant group Hamas took power from Palestinian rivals in an armed coup. It remains unclear whether the donated blood will be able to reach Lebanon.