Trump Claims to Know Identity of New Daesh Leader
- Author: Lawrence Cooper Nov 02, 2019,
Nov 02, 2019, 0:43
US President Donald Trump has said on Twitter that he knows the identity of Daesh* terrorist group's new leader. "By highlighting the heroic actions of the working dog and the special forces who took down Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, this resolution honors all service members and military working dogs defending and protecting our country around the globe". "We know exactly who he is!" he said, without elaborating.
Islamic State confirmed on Thursday that its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was killed in a weekend raid by U.S. special forces in northwestern Syria, and vowed revenge against the United States.
Baghdadi had risen from obscurity to lead the ultra-hardline group and declare himself "caliph" of all Muslims, holding sway over huge areas of Iraq and Syria from 2014-2017 before Islamic State's control was wrested away by US -led coalition forces including Iraqis and Syrian Kurds.
Whether the loss of its leader will in itself affect the group's capabilities is open to debate.
Islamic State has resorted to guerrilla attacks since losing its last significant piece of territory in Syria in March.
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"My prediction would be that the new caliph would just be just as secretive and just as recluse as Baghdadi was", said Amarnath Amarasingam, a terrorism researcher and assistant professor at Queen's University in Ontario Canada, who has interviewed active members of the movement.
Since Baghdadi's death, it has posted dozens of claims of responsibility for attacks in Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan and elsewhere.
Baghdadi's "caliph" title additionally ended in Quraishi.
Also known by other aliases, including Amir Muhammad Sa'id Abdal-Rahman al-Mawla, he is a religious scholar who rose through the group's ranks and is thought to have been one of the architects of the slaughter and abduction of the Yazidi religious minority.
"ISIS is making an are trying to visual display unit its followers it respects that tradition, but Muslims extra widely are now no longer at menace of care deal, pondering the huge violations of Islamic legislation that ISIS has clearly engaged with", Hellyer added. Trump also thanked Russia, Iraq, Syria and Turkey for their assistance during the operation.