The Islamic State group has pledged to “avenge” the death of its former leader and called on its supporters to resume their offensive in Europe.

On February 3, US President Joe Biden announced the death of former ISIS leader Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Qurashi, who blew himself up during a US Special Forces operation in jihadist-held northwestern Syria.

His death, the death of a former spokesman for the group, was confirmed by IS on March 10.

We declare the blessed campaign of revenge for the death of the IS leader and believe in God, ”the group’s spokesman Abu Omar al-Muhajir said in an audio statement aired on Sunday in the telegram allotted to them.

IS has called on its supporters to resume their offensive in Europe by seizing the “opportunity” of the “crusade” that marks Russia’s occupation of Ukraine.

Abu Hassan al-Hashimi al-Qurashi, the new leader of the radical Sunni organization, has made headlines so far, the third of the group since its formation.

After a meteorite uprising in Iraq and neighboring Syria in 2014 and the capture of vast territories, IS overthrew its self-proclaimed “caliphate” in the wake of a series of attacks in these two countries in 2017 and 2019, respectively.

But the Islamic State is “staying largely secretive in Iraq and Syria and leading a series of insurrections on both sides of the border between the two countries,” a UN report released last year said.

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In these two countries, the jihadi organization will retain “all 10,000 active fighters”, according to the same source.

IS has claimed responsibility for the attacks in Afghanistan and Pakistan, and operates jihadi groups affiliated with Africa.

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