Timeline of ISIL-related events (2019)

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January 2019[edit]

October 2019[edit]

  • On October 9, the United States took custody of two high-profile British members of ISIL previously held in Syria by Kurdish-led fighters of the Syrian Democratic Forces. US media reports identified the two as El Shafee Elsheikh and Alexanda Amon Kotey, The two were members of the 4-member execution squad dubbed "The Beatles" by the Western media. They are part of an extremely violent four-man cell that kidnapped and tortured foreigners, including journalists, at the height of ISIL's power in Syria and Iraq. A third member of the group named Mohammed Emwazi, the notorious Jihadi John was killed in a drone attack on 12 November 2015 and the fourth, Aine Lesley Davis is in prison in Turkey.[2][3]
  • On October 10, Indonesia's security minister Wiranto was injured after a stabbing attack perpetrated by Syahril Alamsyah, also known as Abu Rara, and his wife Fitri Andriana, both members of the banned Jamaah Ansharut Daulah (JAD), an ISIL-linked Indonesian terror group.[4] The same group carried out a series of attacks in Jakarta's business district known as the 2016 Jakarta attacks as well as bombings of churches known as the Surabaya bombings in 2018.
  • On October 27, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the Iraqi-born leader and self-declared Caliph of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), killed himself by detonating a suicide vest during the Barisha raid, conducted by the U.S. 75th Ranger Regiment and the U.S. Delta Force, in Syria's northwestern Idlib Province.[5] The commander of the United States Central Command, General Kenneth F. McKenzie Jr., stated that al-Baghdadi also killed two children when he exploded his vest and was buried at sea after being offered Islamic funeral rites.[6] On 31 October 2019, ISIL confirmed that Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was dead,
  • On October 31, less than a week after the Barisha raid leading to the death of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Qurashi was elected by a shura council as the new caliph of ISIL,[7] indicating that the group still considers itself a caliphate despite having lost all of its territory in Iraq and Syria, Al-Hashimi's appointment was supposedly done in accordance with the advice of al-Baghdadi, meaning the new emir was named as a successor by Baghdadi himself.[8]

November 2019[edit]

  • On November 4, Turkish authorities said they had captured a sister of the dead ISIL leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. The sister was named as Rasmiya Awad. The authorities hope al-Baghdadi's sister may provide a trove of intelligence.[9] She was captured near the Syrian town of Azaz.[10]
  • On November 6, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Turkey had captured a wife of ISIL leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, more than a week after Baghdadi killed himself during a raid by US special forces. Al-Baghdadi was known to have four wives, the maximum number one can have under Islamic law at one time.[11]

December 2019[edit]

  • On 7 December, ISIS claimed the killing of Captain Mohammed Saleh Al Radfani in Aden, Yemen.[12] He died from a gun wound and was a paramilitary security commander from the Security Belt Forces.[13]


  1. ^ Francis Wakefield (29 January 2019). "AFP releases names of casualties of Jolo blast". Manila Bulletin. Retrieved 30 January 2019.
  2. ^ "US takes custody of two high-profile ISIL fighters". Al Jazeera News. 10 October 2019. Retrieved 7 November 2019.
  3. ^ "U.S. takes custody of high-value ISIL prisoners in Syria, including members of beheading cell known as 'the Beatles'". National Post from the Washington Bureau of the Washington Post. 9 October 2019. Retrieved 7 November 2019.
  4. ^ "ISIL-linked Jamaah Anshurat Daulah blamed for attack on Wiranto". Al Jazeera News. 11 October 2019. Retrieved 7 November 2019.
  5. ^ "Statement from the President on the Death of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi" (Press release). The White House. 27 October 2019.
  6. ^ "Head Of U.S. Central Command Says ISIS Leader Baghdadi Buried At Sea". NPR.org. Retrieved 31 October 2019.
  7. ^ "Islamic State names new leader, confirms death of Baghdadi in US raid". ABC News. 1 November 2019. Archived from the original on 1 November 2019. Retrieved 1 November 2019.
  8. ^ "Islamic State confirms Baghdadi's death, names new 'Emir of the Faithful' | FDD's Long War Journal". longwarjournal.org. 1 November 2019. Archived from the original on 1 November 2019. Retrieved 1 November 2019.
  9. ^ Carlotta Gall (4 November 2019). "Turkey Captures Sister of Islamic State Chief Killed in Raid". The New York Times. Retrieved 7 November 2019.
  10. ^ "Turkey 'captures sister of killed ISIS leader' Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi". itv.com. 4 November 2019.
  11. ^ "President Erdogan says Turkey captured al-Baghdadi's wife". Al Jazeera News. 6 November 2019. Retrieved 7 November 2019.
  12. ^ "ISIS claims killing of security commander in Yemen". Adenpress. 8 December 2019. Retrieved 8 December 2019.
  13. ^ Mahmood, Ali (8 December 2019). "ISIS claims killing of security commander in Yemen". Thenational.ae. Retrieved 8 December 2019.