Iraq

Death blow to Islamic State

Print edition : November 22, 2019

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, chief of the Islamic State, who is believed to have been killed in a U.S. military raid in Syria’s Idlib region. Photo: AFP

President Donald Trump in the Situation Room watching the U.S. Special Operations Forces close in on Baghdadi. Also seen are National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien, Vice President Mike Pence, Defence Secretary Mark Esper and Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Mark Milley. Photo: AFP

An October 27 image shows Mosul’s heavily damaged al-Nuri mosque in the former base of the Islamic State in northern Iraq, where Baghdadi used to address followers before the group was chased out of the area in 2017. Photo: AFP

Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the Al Qaeda-linked militant who led a bloody campaign of suicide bombings, kidnappings and hostage beheadings in Iraq. He was killed in a U.S. air strike on June 8, 2006. Photo: AP

The U.S. President’s self-congratulation over the killing of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who was a product of the radicalisation that followed the U.S. invasion of Iraq, does not seem to take note of the continuing threat posed by the Daesh’s sleeper cells spread across the globe.
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