WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump said on Tuesday the US military had killed the person who likely would have succeeded Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi as the leader of Daesh.
“Just confirmed that Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi’s number one replacement has been terminated by American troops,” Trump wrote on Twitter. “Most likely would have taken the top spot.”
Trump did not specify who he was referring to, but the United States on Monday confirmed the killing of Abu Al-Hassan Al-MuHajjir, Daesh spokesman and a high-ranking figure within the extremist group.
Trump on Sunday announced the killing of Baghdadi by US special operations forces in northwestern Syria.
A senior State Department official said on Monday that Al-MuHajjir was killed in a separate operation. The Syrian Kurdish YPG militia said on Sunday that Al-MuHajjir was killed in a joint raid between Kurdish-led and US forces in northern Syria.