DUBAI – Al Qaeda in Iraq named a successor following the killing of the group’s leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, according to an Internet statement on Monday.
“The shura council of al Qaeda in Iraq unanimously agreed on Sheikh Abu Hamza al-Muhajir, to be a successor to Sheikh Abu Musab al-Zarqawi,” said a statement signed by al Qaeda and posted on a Web site frequently used by Islamist militants.
“Sheikh Abu Hamza al-Muhajir is a good brother, has a history in jihad and is knowledgeable. We ask God that he … continue what Sheikh Abu Musab began,” it said.
Muhajir, little known in the West, was not among the names that al Qaeda experts had expected as Zarqawi’s likely successor.