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Somalia's Islamic State affiliate vows support for group's new leader

Monday November 4, 2019

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)

CAIRO (Reuters) - Somalia’s Islamic State 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 organisation 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 Quraishi.

Quraishi was named as the organisation’s leader on Thursday in an audio message that also confirmed Baghdadi’s death and vowed revenge against the United States. U.S. special forces killed Baghdadi in a raid in northwest Syria.

Reporting by Hesham Abdul Khalek; Editing by Will Dunham


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