A Saddam-era army commander, Yaseen al-Muadhidi, also known as Abu Taha, has been appointed as a ‘new war minister’ of the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group.
A Saddam-era army commander has been appointed as a ‘new war minister’ of the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group in order to replace former war minister, Abu Omar al-Shishani, who was killed this summer, a senior commander of the Iraqi Popular Mobilization Forces, Colonel Nazem al-Chuqaifi said on Tuesday.
“ISIL leaders at a meeting, held in the vicinity of Iraq’s Anbar province, chose former senior Iraq Army officer Yaseen al-Muadhidi, alias Abu Taha, as the terrorist group’s new war minister,” al-Chuqaifi said.
Abu Taha is one of the most senior commanders and emirs in the hierarchy of the IS, who has been fighting on the side of the group for about five years. According to intelligence data, Taha was one of the most prominent officers in the now-disbanded Iraqi Army under Saddam Hussein and served as a lieutenant general in 2003.
The new IS war minister held a number of senior positions, including post of the commander of the special forces in Hussein’s Army, as well as other high-ranking security and military positions.
In July, the death of Abu Omar al-Shishani was eventually confirmed by the IS. The statement was published by the IS Amaq news agency four months after several sources publicly reported about the killing.
Abu Omar al-Shishani, a Chechen by nationality, who had a reputation of a top military adviser to IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, was born in 1986 in Georgia, when it still was a part of the Soviet Union. At birth, he was named Tarkhan Tayumurazovich Batirashvili. Before to join Georgia’s military in 2006, the notorious terrorist fought as a rebel in Chechnya.