Iraqi insurgent group names new leader

Al-Qurashi replaces al-Baghdadi who was killed in US-Iraqi strike in April.

Last Updated: May 16, 2010, 12:59 PM IST

Baghdad: The insurgent group that commands al Qaeda in Iraq has named a new top leader.

In an Internet statement on Sunday, the Islamic State of Iraq says its consultative council has chosen Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi al-Husseini al-Qurashi as the emir, or leader, "of the believers”.

The Islamic State of Iraq is an insurgent umbrella group. The largest group under its control is al Qaeda in Iraq.

Al-Qurashi replaces Abu Omar al-Baghdadi, who was killed in a US-Iraqi airstrike on a safe house in April.

Al Qaeda in Iraq`s last leader, Egyptian Abu Ayyub al-Masri, was also killed in that strike.

On Friday, the Islamic State of Iraq announced that he had been replaced by al-Nasser Lideen Allah Abu Suleiman, whom it called its new "minister of war”.

Bureau Report