Trump says Baghdadi successor killed by US troops

A screen grab allegedly showing former Daesh spokesman Abu Al-Hassan Al-MuHajjir. (Screen grab: YouTube)
Updated 29 October 2019

Trump says Baghdadi successor killed by US troops

  • Donald Trump: Just confirmed that Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi’s number one replacement has been terminated by American troops
  • Trump did not specify who he was referring to, but the United States confirmed the killing of Abu Al-Hassan Al-MuHajjir, Daesh spokesman and a high-ranking figure within the extremist group

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.


Lebanese women march in Beirut against sexual harassment

Updated 24 min 32 sec ago

Lebanese women march in Beirut against sexual harassment

  • Protesters call for law allowing Lebanese women married to foreigners to pass their citizenship to their husbands and children
  • Women also protest against sexual harassment and bullying

BEIRUT: Scores of women marched through the streets of Beirut on Saturday to protest against sexual harassment and bullying and demanding rights including the passing of citizenship to children of Lebanese women married to foreigners.
The march started outside the American University of Beirut, west of the capital, and ended in a downtown square that has been witnessing daily protests for more than seven weeks.
Nationwide demonstrations in Lebanon broke out Oct. 17 against proposed taxes on WhatsApp calls turned into a condemnation of the country’s political elite, who have run the country since the 1975-90 civil war. The government resigned in late October, meeting a key demand of the protesters.
“We want to send a message against sexual harassment. They say that the revolution is a woman, therefore, if there is a revolution, women must be part of it,” said protester Berna Dao. “Women are being raped, their right is being usurped, and they are not able to pass their citizenship.”
Activists have been campaigning for years so that parliament drafts a law that allows Lebanese women married to foreigners pass their citizenship to their husbands and children.
Earlier this year, Raya Al-Hassan became the first woman in the Arab world to take the post of interior minister. The outgoing Cabinet has four women ministers, the highest in the country in decades.
Lebanon is passing through a crippling economic and financial crisis that has worsened since the protests began.
During the women’s protest in Riad Solh Square, a man set himself on fire before people nearby extinguished the flames. His motivation was not immediately clear and an ambulance came shortly afterward and evacuated him.
Also on Saturday, outgoing Prime Minister Saad Hariri appealed to more countries to help Lebanon in its crisis to import essential goods. The request made in a letter to the leaders of Germany, Spain and Britain, came a day after Hariri sent similar letters to other countries including Saudi Arabia, US, Russia and China.