Tango Down

These days, the lifespan of a newly appointed head of a radical Islamic terrorist group can be measured in months.

Way back in August of this year, I wrote about al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri and how he was killed in a US drone strike in Kabul while sitting on the balcony of his home sipping a cup of coffee. The R9X variant of a Hellfire missile chopped him to bits to the point there was nobody left.

House where al-Zawahri died
A man points to the Kabul home where al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri was supposedly killed. It is less than 1000 feet away from the UK embassy. Image Credit: cnn.com via Twitter

According to sources at The Washington Post, yesterday, a spokesman for the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) reported on Telegram in a recorded audio statement that their leader was killed recently. The information said Abu al-Hassan al-Hashimi al-Qurashi (shown below) was killed in battle. No further details were offered. He had commanded the jihadist group for a little over nine months. His successor is Abu al-Hussein al-Husseini al-Qurashi. Yes, I know the names are pretty similar. “Qurashi” is a tribe of the Prophet Mohammed. All ISIS leaders must prove that they have descended from this group; “al-Qurashi” is part of their nom de guerre or “war name.”