Baghdad, May 13: The second in command in the ISIS Abu Al-Afri has been killed in an airstrike, the Iraq government has said. Afri was in charge of the ISIS after chief of the outfit, Abu Bakr al Baghdadi was injured severely also in an airstrike.
The Iraq government confirmed that Afri who was leading the ISIS was killed in the air strike.
Blow for ISIS
This is a back to back set back for the ISIS. If the killing of Afri is in fact correct then the ISIS needs to find another leader to head the outfit. Afri a physics teacher was a close confidante of Bhagdadi and had become the natural choice too succeed him.
Afri was leading the forces in Iraq and had established a good rapport with the fighters. However the ISIS had not officially appointed him as the chief. The Shura council the ultimate decision making body of the ISIS was to officially elect him as the leader.
Bhagdadi according to the ISIS had sustained injuries on his spine and is currently bed ridden. Although they claim that he is recovering the Iraq government said that he may never return to the battle field.