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Abdullah Qardash – nicknamed The Professor or The Destroyer because of his reputation as a brutal legislator – is known as a cruel but popular figure among the ISIS rank-and-file.
Qardash served as a religious commissar and a general sharia judge for al-Qaeda, according to researchers at the S. Rajartnam School of International Studies in Singapore.
The Professor – ISIS’s ‘cruel but popular’ new leader: Ex-Saddam officer Abdullah Qardash, who was imprisoned alongside Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and eliminated his rivals, takes the reins after former chief was killed in US strikes (Daily Mail)
- ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi killed by US forces in Syria overnight Saturday
- Abdullah Qardash, officer in Saddam Hussein’s army, thought to have taken over
- He was jailed by the US in Iraq in 2003 alongside Baghdadi for links with Al-Qaeda, where pair are thought to have radicalised other inmates to their cause
- Served as ISIS’s top legislator and policymaker and was known as ‘the Professor’
- In August Baghdadi promoted him to run the group’s day-to-day operations, making him heir-apparent following the cleric’s demise
ISIS already has a new leader in former Saddam Hussein officer
ISIS already has a new leader — a feared former officer for Saddam Hussein known as “the Destroyer,” according to reports.
By NY Post, October 28, 2019;
Abdullah Qardash was reportedly already running day-to-day operations and kill campaigns for the terror group and formally took over its leadership after Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s death on Saturday.
“Baghdadi was a figurehead. He was not involved in operations or day-to-day,” a regional intelligence official told Newsweek in confirming the successor. “All Baghdadi did was say yes or no — no planning.”
Qardash had been loyal to Baghdadi after they were held together at the Camp Bucca detention center in Basra after being jailed by US forces over their links to al Qaeda in 2003, the Times of London has said.
Even before his death, Baghdadi was handing more power to Qardash, known as a brutal policymaker whose name is sometimes spelled Kardesh, the Times said.
A former security analyst with the Iraqi government, Fadhel Abo Ragheef, told the paper in August that Baghdadi was understood to be “trying to prepare Qardash to lead ISIS in the future.”
French Interior Minister Christophe Castaner warned police in a letter of possible calls “for acts of vengeance.”
“Sleeper cells will seek revenge for Baghdadi’s death,” Mazloum Abdi, top commander of the Syrian Democratic Forces, told Agence France-Presse.
The parents of James Foley, the American journalist beheaded by ISIS in 2014, also fear that the leader’s death will not end the terror.
“I believe ISIS is like grass,” Foley’s dad, John Foley, told WMUR-TV. “You mow it, but it continues to grow. And I don’t think that the elimination of al-Baghdadi is the final answer.”
With Post wires
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