THE “disabled” leader of ISIS Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has handed over control of the death cult to an ex-Saddam henchman known as The Professor.
Baghdadi, who is in hiding and plotting the group's comeback, has promoted Abdullah Qardash to oversee the rebuild, according to the terror group's propaganda arm Amaq. The power shift has led to further speculation that the bearded terror boss was left badly wounded in a 2017 air strike.
Qardash is a former officer in Saddam Hussein’s army who grew close to Baghdadi, 48, when they were both jailed in Basra by US forces for their links to al-Qaeda in 2003.
It was in the Iraqi prison that Baghdadi became a jihadist demagogue converting hundreds of prisoners to his sick vision of a so-called caliphate.
Qardash, whose age is unknown, is believed to have worked alongside him ever since, reports The Times.
The Iraqi worked as the brainwashed death cult’s top legislator before his promotion to leader, it has been reported.
His nickname is the Professor and is known as a ruthless policymaker in the group.
Qardash was also a confidante of Abu Alaa al-Afri, Baghdadi’s previous deputy, who was killed in a US helicopter gun raid in 2016. Read it all here..................