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IS leader may be dead but the war against terrorism is far from over


Many leaders in EU countries have expressed their view that the death of the so-called Islamic State leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, does not mean that the war against the terrorist group will be ending any time soon.

After US President Donald Trump declared that the death of the IS leader was a major event, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson warned that it didn’t mean the end of the fight against terrorism.
Foreign Minister Dominic Raab agreed, saying “The UK will join with the world community to stop the terrorists. The battle is still going on. If the global community works together, the terrorist group will be permanently defeated. This is considered the most important mission in the Middle East.”
While Emmanuel Macron, the French president, reacted on Twitter, writing “The death of al-Baghdadi is a hard blow against Daesh (IS) but it is just a stage in the process.”
On Sunday, Trump, declared that ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was dead after a US military raid in northwest Syria "He died like a dog. He died like a coward,” Trump said.
According to Trump, the terrorist leader died after detonating a suicide vest following a battle at an IS compound. Al-Baghdadi has been declared dead before but Trump said US officials are confident he is now actually deceased due to the preliminary results of a DNA test conducted on the leader’s body.
Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is a leader of the Islamic State of Iraq (ISI), previously known as al-Qaeda in Iraq. The world recognised him as the leader of IS when he appeared at the Great Mosque of Mosul in July 2014 to declare the Islamic State caliphate on June 29, 2014.

Published : October 28, 2019

By : The Nation