Help wanted: Two on short list for new ISIL spokesman

by WorldTribune Staff, September 6, 2016

The Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) is interviewing candidates to replace its dead spokesman whose job description included planning the international attacks that terrorized the West over the past year.

ISIL is said to have two candidates on its short list to replace Abu Mohamed al-Adnani, who the terror group’s propaganda arm described as “a person with extraordinary abilities in organization, mobilization and influence.”

Abu Mohamed al-Adnani was killed on Aug. 30.
Abu Mohamed al-Adnani was killed on Aug. 30.

Adnani, said to be ISIL’s second-ranking leader, was killed in Syria’s Aleppo province on Aug. 30.

According to a report by Israel’s Channel 10 News, ISIL leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi “has very big demands” on the organization’s spokesman.

“Adnani was more than just a spokesman. Among other things, he was responsible for planning most of the attacks carried out by the group, for example in Brussels, Paris and Orlando,” the report said.

Candidates to replace Adnani are being interviewed in ISIL’s de facto capital at Raqqa and each hopeful must meet with al-Baghdadi himself.

According to Channel 10 News, the two leading candidates for the job are Turki Alanbaali, a senior cleric who in the past permitted to rape Yazidi women. The other is Abu Luqman, the former ruler of Raqqa.