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Islamic State Prepared for Life without its Caliph

Islamic State Prepared for Life without its Caliph

WASHINGTON - The United States is promising there will be no let-up in its pursuit of the Islamic State terror group despite the death of self-declared caliph Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, in what is being described as a “daring and dangerous” nighttime raid in northern Syria.

Baghdadi, who took over the group formerly known as al-Qaida In Iraq in 2010 and turned into a global threat, died “whimpering and crying” in a dead-end tunnel, according to U.S. President Donald Trump.

“Baghdadi's demise demonstrates America's relentless pursuit of terrorist leaders and our commitment to the enduring defeat of ISIS and other terrorist organizations," the U.S. president said from the White House Sunday, using an acronym for the terror group.

"We know the successors,” he added. "And we already have them in our sights."

Efforts to track them down may get an additional boost from the raid on the compound in Barisha, in Syria’s Idlib province, which led to the capture of a small group of IS officials and fighters.

Trump said U.S. forces also recovered, "highly sensitive material and information... much having to do with ISIS, origins, future plans, things that we very much want."

Already, those efforts may be paying off.  The commander of the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces, General Mazloum Abdi, tweeted Sunday that IS spokesman, Abu Hassan al-Muhajir, was targeted and killed in a subsequent joint SDF-U.S. operation near the northern Syrian town of Jarablus, though U.S. officials have yet to comment.

 

Aliqismet BADALOV,
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28 October 2019 16:49 -
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