BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:20 P.M.) – Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi’s successor was killed during the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ (IRGC) attack on the Islamic State’s (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) headquarters near the border-city of Albukamal earlier this week, the commander of Iraq’s Hashd Al-Sha’abi forces, Jabbar al-Maamouri, told Baghdad Today.
“The Iranian shelling against specific pockets of Islamic State east of the Euphrates in Syria using missiles [a] few days ago targeted an important meeting for the so-called Islamic State’s war council, to which Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was on [his] way,” Maamouri said, according to Iraqi News.
Baghdadi “was about to get killed in the shelling but he survived as he was a few minutes late for the meeting,” the Iraqi militia commander added.
The Iranian strikes did succeed in liquidating Ali al-Mashadani, Baghdadi’s deputy, as well as several other Islamic State leaders, according to Maamouri.
Mashadani was believed to be next in line to replace Baghdadi and considered one of the Islamic State’s highest ranking commanders before his death earlier this week.