Trump Says Likely Baghdadi Successor Killed by U.S. Troops

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -
People look at a destroyed house near the village of Barisha, in Idlib province, Syria, Sunday, after an operation by the U.S. military, which targeted Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. (AP Photo/Ghaith Alsayed)

President Donald Trump said on Tuesday that the U.S. military had killed the person who likely would have succeeded Abu Bakr alBaghdadi as the leader of the Islamic State terror group.

“Just confirmed that Abu Bakr alBaghdadi’s number one replacement has been terminated by American troops,” Trump said on Twitter. “Most likely would have taken the top spot.”

Trump did not specify who he was referring to, but the United States on Monday confirmed the killing of Abu al-Hassan al-Muhajir, Islamic State spokesman and a high-ranking figure within the jihadi group.