Islamic State group announces successor to al-Baghdadi -- and he's Quraysh.
I hate hate hate to be correct about this because it is NOT a positive sign -- but the successor announced is also Qurayshi.
That's about all we know.
And guess what?
May remind you of someone that just died.
Aka -- "the Ghost"
Told you this triumphalism won't end well.
Furqan aren't ISIS fanboys. Furqan is essentially ISIS media HQ.
A power struggle is highly unlikely, because for this move to go forward -- the shura council has definitely met (damn sure not in person) and come to a consensus.
Likely planned long ago.
Baghdadi remained in the ISIS background: a deliberate strategy for organizational resilience.
Yes, it does. Quite a bit for the idea of the khilaafa to withstand territorial losses and fragmentation (the viral idea, however, is another thing entirely)
Spoiler, fuckers: THAT IS NOT HOW ANY OF THIS WORKS.
1) Obama did not end Al Qaeda by killing Bin Laden.
2) Trump did not end ISIS by killing Baghdadi.
This is not a "select one" option. That's partisan, myopic, short sighted tribalism.
One can easily feel relief that Baghdadi is dead - while also remaining cognizant to the grave missteps of US foreign policy, in the hopes of learning from the last to confront the threat still posed by ISIS.
Not mutually exclusive.
Political tribalism is more important to you than international security and millions of innocent lives.
That is repulsive.
Perhaps the largest gap in "understanding ISIS" is precisely how effectively they weaponize symbolism and aesthetics for legitimacy.
Select screen grabs to follow.
"Triumphalism about Baghdadi’s Death is Premature — and is Highly Unlikely to End Well." medium.com/@Ms.Entropy/i-…
As will ISIS.
Learn your history.
It doesn't matter if al-Qurayshi or Abu Omar existed at all.
In the end, what remains is ISIS' appeal: both viral idea and savvy, adaptive organization.