Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the slain leader of the Islamic State group. Photo: AFPAbu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the slain leader of the Islamic State group. Photo: AFP
Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the slain leader of the Islamic State group. Photo: AFP

Who is Mawla the ‘Destroyer’, the new leader of Islamic State?

  • Mawla, who has a reputation for brutality, replaced Baghdadi after his death in a raid by US special forces last year
  • Analysts believe the new head will now seek to prove he is his own man by attempting to reboot a group weakened by years of US-led assaults

Topic |   Islamic State
Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the slain leader of the Islamic State group. Photo: AFPAbu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the slain leader of the Islamic State group. Photo: AFP
Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the slain leader of the Islamic State group. Photo: AFP
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