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Successor to slain Iran general will be murdered if he kills Americans: U.S. envoy

Successor to slain Iran general will be murdered if he kills Americans: U.S. envoyThe successor to the Iranian commander killed in a U.S. drone strike would suffer the same fate if he followed a similar path by killing Americans, the U.S. special representative for Iran said, according to the Asharq al-Awsat newspaper.



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IS names Baghdadi successor, threatens US: statement

IS names Baghdadi successor, threatens US: statementThe Islamic State jihadist group confirmed the death of its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in a statement Thursday and named his replacement as Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Quraishi. “We mourn you… commander of the faithful,” said Abu Hamza al-Quraishi — presented as the jihadist group’s new spokesman — in an audio statement. Baghdadi, who led IS since 2014 and was the world’s most wanted man, was killed in a US special forces raid in Syria’s northwestern province of Idlib on Sunday.



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Islamic State group announces successor to al-Baghdadi

Islamic State group announces successor to al-BaghdadiThe Islamic State group declared a new leader Thursday after it confirmed the death of its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi days earlier in a U.S raid in Syria. In its audio release by the IS central media arm, al-Furqan Foundation, a new spokesman for IS identifies the successor as Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Qurayshi — tracing his lineage, like al-Baghdadi, to the Prophet Muhammad’s Quraysh tribe. The speaker in the audio also confirmed the death of Abu Hassan al-Muhajir, a close aide of al-Baghdadi and a spokesman for the group since 2016.



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Kelly Says He Told Trump a 'Yes Man' as His Successor Would Lead to Impeachment

Kelly Says He Told Trump a 'Yes Man' as His Successor Would Lead to ImpeachmentWASHINGTON — John Kelly, the former White House chief of staff who during his tenure made it clear he detested the job, expressed regret Saturday about leaving and implied that he could have helped stave off the impeachment inquiry now threatening Trump's presidency.Kelly, who left barely on speaking terms with the president, said he warned his boss to pick a successor in his mold, meaning someone who would push back against him. "I said, whatever you do, don't hire a 'yes man,' someone who won't tell you the truth — don't do that," Kelly said, according to The Washington Examiner, which covered his remarks at a political summit it hosted in Sea Island, Georgia. "Because if you do, I believe you will be impeached."Kelly left the administration last December and has since joined the board of Caliburn International, the umbrella organization of a company that runs the largest housing facility for migrant children. Kelly has spoken out about his time in the administration on only a handful of occasions since his departure.On Saturday, he did not mention his successor, Mick Mulvaney, by name. But his comments appeared to pin the blame for the fast-moving impeachment inquiry on Trump's embattled acting chief of staff, who said at a news conference this month that aid to Ukraine had been withheld because the president wanted to pressure the country to investigate his political rivals, only to later backpedal. And Kelly framed Trump himself as a careening leader who needed to be controlled by his aides."I have an awful lot of, to say the least, second thoughts about leaving," Kelly said. "It pains me to see what's going on, because I believe if I was still there or someone like me was there, he would not be kind of, all over the place."During his early days as chief of staff, Kelly, a retired four-star general, was credited for bringing order to a chaotic West Wing. But by the end, he found the task of managing Trump to be impossible and often complained to colleagues that the role was thankless.In his comments Saturday, however, Kelly cast his management style as a better model than what has followed."Don't hire someone that will just nod and say, 'That's a great idea, Mr. President,'" Kelly said, adding that any successor needed to tell Trump that "you either have the authority or you don't, or Mr. President, don't do it."Kelly added that "the system that should be in place, clearly — the system of advising, bringing in experts in, having these discussions with the president so he can make an informed decision — that clearly is not in place. And I feel bad that I left."Trump and the White House, however, made it clear that the feeling was not mutual."I worked with John Kelly, and he was totally unequipped to handle the genius of our great president," the press secretary, Stephanie Grisham, said in a statement.The White House also issued a statement under Trump's name, disputing that Kelly ever gave him advice about his successor."John Kelly never said that, he never said anything like that," the president said. "If he would have said that, I would have thrown him out of the office. He just wants to come back into the action like everybody else does."Other speakers at the three-day conference included Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the former White House press secretary, as well as Reps. Kevin McCarthy and Devin Nunes, two of Trump's Republican allies on Capitol Hill.This article originally appeared in The New York Times.(C) 2019 The New York Times Company



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Report: Hamza bin Laden, Osama’s Son and Potential Successor, Is Dead

Report: Hamza bin Laden, Osama’s Son and Potential Successor, Is DeadThe U.S. has received intelligence that suggests Osama bin Laden's son and potential successor, Hamza, is dead, NBC News reported Wednesday.The three U.S. intelligence officials who spoke with NBC declined to share when, where, or how the younger bin Laden died, and would not say whether the U.S. was at all involved.The news, if confirmed, would dispel fears widely-held in the intelligence community that Hamza bin Laden was poised to succeed his father as the spiritual and tactical leader of al-Qaeda's global jihadist movement.Born around 1989, Hamza bin Laden traveled with his father to Afghanistan in 1996 and appeared regularly in al-Qaeda propaganda videos. Hamza was not present when Navy Seals raided Osama bin Laden's Abbottabad compound in 2011 and killed Osama following a global manhunt that began after the al-Qaeda-orchestrated 9/11 attacks. But documents found on at the compound indicated that Osama bin Laden was grooming his son for a leadership role in the terror group.In his last public statement, issued by al-Qaeda's propaganda outlet in 2018, Hamza threatened Saudi Arabia and called on his followers to revolt against the regime over its ongoing cooperation with the U.S.Citing Hamza's status as a “an emerging al Qaeda leader” who “has threatened attacks against the United States and allies,” the State Department announced in February a $ 1 million reward for any information on his whereabouts.



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Puerto Rico governor taps former U.S. delegate as successor: report

Puerto Rico governor taps former U.S. delegate as successor: reportPuerto Rico’s embattled governor will name the island’s former representative in the U.S. Congress, Pedro Pierluisi, as his new secretary of state and next in line to succeed him when he steps down, El Nuevo Dia newspaper reported. Governor Ricardo Rosselló said last week he would resign on Friday in the face of mass street protests and public outrage over the release of profane chat messages and federal corruption charges against two former administration officials. Puerto Rico lower house Representative José Meléndez told the newspaper that legislators were informed of Rosselló’s decision on Tuesday afternoon by the president of the chamber, Johnny Méndez.



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Northam’s Would-Be Successor Denies Sexual-Assault Accusation

Northam’s Would-Be Successor Denies Sexual-Assault Accusation“Lt. Governor Fairfax has an outstanding and well-earned reputation for treating people with dignity and respect,” read a statement from Fairfax’s chief of staff and communications director. The statement appears to reference an accusation from Vanessa Tyson, a professor at Scripps College in California, who claims Fairfax sexually assaulted her at the Democratic National Convention in 2004. “Imagine you were sexually assaulted during the DNC Convention in Boston in 2004 by a campaign staffer.



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Mattis resignation letter lays out challenges for successor

Mattis resignation letter lays out challenges for successorWASHINGTON (AP) — The extraordinary resignation letter that Defense Secretary Jim Mattis handed to a surprised President Donald Trump was not just a product of two years of accumulating frustration with an impulsive boss, but an outline of the strategic hazards facing the next Pentagon chief.



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Exiting US governor signs laws limiting power of his successor

Exiting US governor signs laws limiting power of his successorThe Republican governor of Wisconsin signed into law Friday a package of bills that limit the powers of his Democratic successor, who promised a court challenge. The measures were passed by Republicans during a lame-duck session of the Midwestern US state’s legislature last week, in what they said was an effort to level the power balance with the Democrat who will take over the governor’s office in January. Tony Evers defeated incumbent Governor Scott Walker in the November midterm elections — a stinging loss for the GOP in a key swing state that helped Donald Trump win the presidency in 2016.



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Garrison Keillor's Successor Addresses 'Heartbreaking' Allegations in First Broadcast Since Firing

Garrison Keillor's Successor Addresses 'Heartbreaking' Allegations in First Broadcast Since Firing"We are in the middle of a national movement, which I believe represents progress"



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