Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of ISIS, promoted a young teacher to be the new Emir of Tal Afar to the west of Mosul, a local source told Al-Sumaria News on Thursday.
“The Islamic State’s Leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi appointed one of his local leader, known as Abu As’ad al-Iraqi, as the new Emir of Tal Afar,” the source said.
“The new Emir will lead the terrorist group in the battle against al-Hashd al-Shaabi and security forces stationed in the district,” the source added. “The new Emir is a 40-year-old mathematics teacher, and was a prominent leader of IS sleeper cells in Mosul before moving to Tal Afar.”
“The decision of Baghdadi is expected to prevent any internal conflicts between the members of the Islamic State due to the disputes between its Arab and foreign leaders,” the source further added.
The predominately Shi’ite Popular Mobilization Units are currently engaged in an operation to liberate Tal Afar from ISIS forces.