Abu al-Hasan al-Hashimi al-Qurashi

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Abu al-Hasan al-Hashimi al-Qurashi
أبو الحسن الهاشمي القرشي
3rd Caliph of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant
Assumed office
10 March 2022
Preceded byAbu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Qurashi
Personal details
ReligionSunni Islam
Battles/warsWar on Terror

Abu al-Hasan al-Hashimi al-Qurashi[1] (Arabic: أبو الحسن الهاشمي القرشي) is an Iraqi terrorist and the third and current caliph of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant since 2022. He was named as caliph on 10 March 2022 in an audio message by the new speaker of ISIL, Abu Omar al-Muhajir. He replaced Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Qurashi.[2][3] Turkey claimed that he was arrested in Istanbul on 26 May 2022.[4]

Identity[change | change source]

Abu al-Hasan is his kunya. Al-Hashimi and al-Qurashi indicate that he claims to be a descendant of the prophet Muhammad, belonging to the Hashim clan of the Quraysh tribe.

Al Ain News reported that al-Qurashi's real name is Zaid al-Iraqi (Arabic: زيد العراقي). He is Iraqi and was the Emir of the Diwan of Education.[5]

According to two unnamed Iraqi security officials, al-Qurashi's real name is Juma Awad al-Badri (Arabic: جمعة عوض البدري), and he is the elder brother of former ISIL leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. Research by Iraqi historian Hisham al-Hashimi published in 2020 stated that al-Qurashi was head of the five-member Shura Council.[6]

References[change | change source]

  1. "L'ISIS ha nominato un nuovo capo, Abu al Hasan al Hashimi al Qurashi". 10 March 2022.
  2. "Islamic State names new leader, confirms death of predecessor". 10 March 2022.
  3. Hubbard, Ben (10 March 2022). "ISIS Names a New Leader, but Says Little About Him". New York Times. Retrieved 10 March 2022.
  4. Kozok, Firat (26 May 2022). "Turkey Has Detained Islamic State's New Leader, Officials Say". Bloomberg News. Retrieved 13 July 2022.
  5. "أبو الحسن الهاشمي.. من هو زعيم داعش الجديد؟". 10 March 2022.
  6. "EXCLUSIVE New Islamic State leader is brother of slain caliph Baghdadi – sources". Reuters. 11 March 2022. Retrieved 13 July 2022.