Keeping up with the Qardashians: Islamic State caliph al-Baghdadi names successor, Abdullah Qardash

The caliph without a caliphate, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, is apparently still alive, at least as of April 9, but may be in ill health, as he has apparently named a successor, Abdullah Qardash.

Qardash “had served as a religious commissar for Al Qaeda before joining ISIS.”

“Religious commissar”? Don’t these people realize that al-Qaeda and the Islamic State (ISIS) have nothing whatsoever to do with Islam? Pope Francis should head to Iraq now to explain their peaceful religion to al-Baghdadi and Qardash.

“Speculation mounts of a new ISIS leader in the making,” The National,

ISIS leader Abu Bakr Al Baghdadi has anointed a successor, the militant group’s propaganda arm said on Thursday.

If confirmed, the move could show that Al Baghdadi’s health is deteriorating. The world’s most-wanted terrorist leader was reportedly injured in fighting and last appeared in a video in late April.

Amaq news agency reported on Tuesday night that Al Baghdadi nominated as his successor Abdullah Qardash, an Iraqi of Turkmen origin from the Telafar region near the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, Turkish state news agency Anadolu reported….

Qardash, like Al Baghdadi, had been detained in Iraq by US forces that toppled Saddam Hussein in 2003.

He had served as a religious commissar for Al Qaeda before joining ISIS and welcoming Al Baghdadi in Mosul when the city fell to the group in 2014, Anadolu reported.

In his last public massage in April, Al Baghdadi said ISIS had launched a war of attrition ordained by God.

The announcement followed the defeat of the group by US-led Kurdish militia in eastern Syria and the killing of many of his lieutenants by US forces.

Al Baghdadi, who is in his late 40s, was sitting throughout the 18-minute video but otherwise did not show signs of ill health….

Sitting is a sign of ill health now?

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