Keeping up with the Qardashians: new Islamic State caliph is Sharia judge Abdullah Qardash
Wednesday, October 30, 2019
Jihad Watch : “After his release Qardash served as a religious commissar and a general sharia judge for al-Qaeda…” A “religious commissar and a general sharia judge”? What? Don’t these
people realize that al-Qaeda and the Islamic State (ISIS) have nothing
whatsoever to do with Islam?
Pope Francis should head to Iraq now to
explain their peaceful religion to al-Baghdadi and Qardash.
“The Professor – ISIS’s ‘cruel but popular’ new leader: Ex-Saddam
officer Abdullah Qardash, who was imprisoned alongside Abu Bakr
al-Baghdadi and eliminated his rivals, takes the reins after former
chief was killed in US strikes,” by Chris Pleasance and Joe Middleton, Mailonline, October 28, 2019 (thanks to The Religion of Peace):
ISIS’s new leader is believed to be a former officer in
Saddam Hussein’s military who forged an alliance with al-Baghdadi in
prison before becoming his enforcer and chief policymaker. Abdullah Qardash – nicknamed The Professor or The Destroyer because
of his reputation as a brutal legislator – is known as a cruel but
popular figure among the ISIS rank-and-file.
According to a statement by Amaq, ISIS’s press agency, Baghdadi
appointed Qardash to run the group’s day-to-day operations in August
this year, making him the heir-apparent after his former boss killed
himself during a raid by US forces in Syria at the weekend. However, with the so-called Caliphate now split into independent
cells spread across at least two countries, it is far from clear that
Qardash will be able to retain full control over the group.
Two other figures – Tunisian Abu Othman al-Tunsi and Saudi Abu Saleh
al-Juzrawi – have also been named by experts as likely contenders. Qardash – also known as Hajji Abdullah al-Afari – was born in Tal
Afar, a Sunni-majority town in Iraq – before joining the military while
Saddam Hussein ruled the country.
Following the invasion of Iraq by the US in 2003 and President Bush’s
move to disband the country’s military, he found himself locked in jail
accused of having links to al-Qaeda. Languishing in a cell at Camp Bucca, Qardash formed a close bond with
Baghdadi, who was then fomenting the extremist religious code that
would provide the ideological grounding for the death cult that became
After his release Qardash served as a religious commissar and a
general sharia judge for al-Qaeda, according to researchers at the S.
Rajartnam School of International Studies in Singapore….