US President Donald Trump announced in a tweet that US soldiers had also killed "number one" for succeeding IS leader Abu Bakr al-Bagdadi. This would have "most likely" after the death of al-Baghdadis the leadership of the jihadist militia "Islamic State" (IS). "Now he's dead too," Trump explained, without naming the man's identity.

Trump had announced Sunday that al-Bagdadi was killed in a US military operation in northwestern Syria. According to Trump, al-Bagdadi escaped into a tunnel during the attack, detonating an explosives vest and killing himself and three of his children. Whether the potential successor of the IS leader was also killed in the course of this operation, Trump initially opened.

Kurdish sources had stated that another US military operation on Sunday in northern Syria also killed IS spokesman Abu Hassan al-Muhadschir. A senior member of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) said the IS-extremist had been killed in the north of the province of Aleppo. He was the right hand of al-Bagdadi.

Al-Muhadschir was considered one of the most important figures in the IS. As an IS spokesman, he had in the past called supporters and sympathizers in the West in several audio messages to commit attacks. ISIS has not yet announced a successor to al-Bagdadi.