Timeline of ISIL-related events (2019)


January 2019

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October 2019

  • 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 Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi the Iraqi-born leader of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and self-declared Caliph of the Islamic State 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] Al-Hashimi's appointment was supposedly done in accordance with the advice of Baghdadi, meaning the new emir was named as a successor by Baghdadi himself.

November 2019

  • 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

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

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