The new leader of Islamic State has been confirmed as Amir Mohammed Abdul Rahman al-Mawli al-Salbi, according to officials from two intelligence services. He is one of the terror group’s founding members and has led the enslavement of Iraq’s Yazidi minority and has overseen operations around the globe.
The Guardian has learned that Salbi was named leader hours after the death of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in October. The name that the group gave for Baghdadi’s replacement at the time, Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Quraishi, was a nom de guerre not recognised by other senior leaders or intelligence agencies.
House Intelligence Committee chairman Adam Schiff, who is on that prosecution team, has warned that the CIA and National Security Agency could be holding on to further key evidence regarding the Ukraine scandal that led to the president’s impeachment, ahead of the commencement of the Senate trial on Tuesday.
Lawyers preparing to defend Mr Trump took to the talk show circuit on Sunday to argue that he cannot be removed from office on abuse of power grounds, a position dismissed as “absurdist” and “arrant nonsense” by Mr Schiff and fellow leading Democrat Jerrold Nadler, who together have helped build the case against him.
Osman Salih, who highlighted the lions’ plight and launched campaign, posted the images on Facebook saying: “After seeing the fires in Australia have killed so many precious creatures recently seeing these animals caged and being treated this way made my blood boil.
“I was shaken when I saw these lions at the park… their bones are protruding from the skin.
Boris Johnson, who attended the summit, said he would consider contributing to a monitoring force.
EU leaders have previously scoffed at the idea of new military action in Libya. However, in their absence the conflict has spiralled out of control since the country split in two in 2014. Marshal Haftar’s Libyan National Army (LNA) controls much of the east and south of the country but an assault on Tripoli, the capital and headquarters of the GNA, has become stuck in the southern suburbs.
On Sunday, crowds of citizens, volunteers and journalists flocked to the park to see the lions after their photographs went viral on social media networks.
One of the five cats was tied with a rope and was fed fluids through a drip as it recovered from dehydration, an AFP correspondent who toured the park reported.