Somalia’s ISIS affiliate vows support for group’s new leader

This frame grab from video posted online Monday, March 18, 2019, shows ISIS fighters carrying the group’s flag inside Baghouz, Syria. (File photo: AP)

Somalia’s ISIS affiliate, one of the most important outposts of the militant group, swore allegiance in a statement on Sunday to the new leader named by the organization following the death of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

Somalia’s Province posted pictures on Telegram of around a dozen fighters standing among trees, with a caption saying they were pledging allegiance to Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Quraishi.

Al-Quraishi was named as the organization’s leader on Thursday in an audio message that also confirmed Baghdadi’s death and vowed revenge against the United States.

US special forces killed al-Baghdadi in a raid in northwest Syria.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 10:01 - GMT 07:01