Iraqi insurgent group names new leader
The insurgent group that commands al-Qaida in Iraq has named a new top leader, AP reported.
In an Internet statement 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-Qaida in Iraq.
Al-Qurashi replaces Abu Omar al-Baghdadi, who was killed in a U.S.-Iraqi airstrike on a safe house in April.
Al-Qaida 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On Friday, the Islamic State of Iraq announced that he had been replaced by al-Nasser Lideen Allah Abu Suleiman, whom it called its new "minister of war."