US News: Islamic State's leader is dead but the terror group 'is expanding' - - PressFrom - United Kingdom
  •   
  •   

US News Islamic State's leader is dead but the terror group 'is expanding'

09:50  28 october  2019
09:50  28 october  2019 Source:   news.sky.com

British Army reject who fought against IS guilty of terror charge

  British Army reject who fought against IS guilty of terror charge A British Army reject who trained to fight against Islamic State has been found guilty of terror offences, in the first conviction of its kind in the country. Aidan James, 28, was found guilty of training in weapons with the banned group the PKK in Iraq following an Old Bailey retrial.It is the first time a Briton has been put on trial for going to Syria to oppose Islamic State.James, from Formby in Merseyside, had no previous military knowledge when he allegedly set out to join the conflict in August 2017, and was repeatedly turned down by British armed forces due to his mental health.

Image: Donald Trump inside the White House situation room with officials watching the raid.

WASHINGTON — President Trump announced on Sunday that a daring American commando raid in Syria this weekend culminated in the death of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the Islamic State , after a five-year international manhunt

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, Donald Trump are posing for a picture: Donald Trump has confirmed the Islamic State leader's death © Other Donald Trump has confirmed the Islamic State leader's death The threat from Islamic State is not finished, despite the death of its leader in a US military operation.

That was the warning from experts after US President Donald Trump confirmed the death of Abu Bakr al Baghdadi on Sunday in Syria.

Chris Costa, a former senior director for counter-terrorism for the National Security Council in the Trump administration, said: "The bottom line is: This puts the enemy on its heels, but the ideology - and this sounds so cliched - it is not dead."

Robert C. O'Brien, Mike Pence, Donald Trump, Mark A. Milley sitting at a table: Donald Trump inside the White House situation room with officials watching the raid © Getty Donald Trump inside the White House situation room with officials watching the raid

Mike Rogers, the ranking Republican on the house homeland security committee, said: "While the death of its leader is a tremendous blow for the group, about 10,000 ISIS fighters remain in the region and will continue to carry out guerrilla attacks and seek new territory."

Death of IS leader is a key moment - but it's not the end

  Death of IS leader is a key moment - but it's not the end He was the man who inspired terrorist attacks around the world, encouraged horrific beheadings in Iraq and Syria and created a cultish medieval-type "caliphate".Abu Bakr al Baghdadi did not have the charisma or status of other terrorist leaders like Osama bin Laden, but the impact of the terror franchise he created was felt around the world.

"We expect that his death will impact negatively on the leadership of terrorists in various parts of the world," military spokesman Brigadier US President Donald Trump announced on Sunday that the leader of the " Islamic State " terror outfit killed himself by detonating a suicide vest during a raid by

But now that IS has lost most of the territory it gained in 2014, the death of al-Baghdadi could strike the final blow for the terror organization' s global Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the ' Islamic State ' terrorist group , is reported dead after being targeted by a US military raid near the village of Bashira

Defence Secretary Mark Esper said on ABC's This Week: "Our job is to stay on top of that and to make sure that we continue to take out their leadership."

Experts have said that Islamic State is growing in numbers outside Syria, expanding its affiliate in Afghanistan and moving in to Pakistan, Tajikistan, Iran, India, Bangladesh and Indonesia.

Mr Trump said on Sunday that US special forces had conducted a "daring raid" which lasted around two hours, during which a large number of al Baghdadi's companions were also killed or captured.

Al Baghdadi killed himself and three of his children during the operation by setting off a suicide vest, he added.

With Baghdadi in their sights, U.S. troops launched a ‘dangerous and daring nighttime raid’

  With Baghdadi in their sights, U.S. troops launched a ‘dangerous and daring nighttime raid’ U.S. troops blew holes in the walls of the compound in which the ISIS leader was staying. But much about the operation is a mystery.Taking off in eight helicopters from Iraq, the troops flew over hostile territory for hundreds of miles in the early Sunday morning darkness.

US President Donald Trump on Sunday announced that US special forces had killed " Islamic State " (IS) leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in northern Al-Baghdadi rose to notoriety when he announced the creation of a so-called caliphate in Syrian and Iraqi territories captured by his terror group in 2014.

Numerous references in Islamic State propaganda offer reminders that its leaders may come and go, but the movement remains. But even as the military campaign chipped away at the Islamic State ’ s caliphate, the group was branching out, founding and supporting new franchises and cultivating

"He reached the end of the tunnel as our dogs chased him down.

"He ignited his vest, killing himself and his three children.

"His body was mutilated by the blasts. The tunnel had caved on him."

Test results from the aftermath of the raid confirmed the deceased was the Islamic State leader.

Mr Trump revealed that Kurdish intelligence helped the operation and the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) said it had worked with the US on a "successful" mission.

Iraq's military said its national intelligence service had located al Baghdadi and told the US of his whereabouts.

Mr Trump also thanked Russia for opening up their airspace, despite them not knowing the nature of the US mission.

Al Baghdadi was one of the world's most wanted criminals, with a bounty of $25m (£19.5m) on his head.

Watching the Raid Was Like a Movie, the President Said. Except There Was No Live Audio.

  Watching the Raid Was Like a Movie, the President Said. Except There Was No Live Audio. Watching the Raid Was Like a Movie, the President Said. Except There Was No Live Audio.Mr. Trump described the video footage he watched from the White House Situation Room as “something really amazing to see.” The experience, the president said, was “as though you were watching a movie.

The group was so barbaric that even al-Qaeda denounced it—though for self-interested reasons, not out of a concern for human rights. Americans gathered in the streets to celebrate what seemed like an enormous victory in their “war on terror ”, then a decade old. Yet the horrors of IS were still to come.

Liveblog: Trump confirms Islamic State leader is dead . Martin Chulov and Michael Safi. If confirmed, the death would be a devastating blow to a terror group that had run rampant across the region for five years from mid-2014, spawning gruesome terror attacks across the world, amplifying a

Al Baghdadi, who led IS for the past five years, was seen in the summer of 2014 in the pulpit of the Nouri mosque in Mosul.

He oversaw a shift away from large-scale attacks towards smaller acts of violence that would be harder for law enforcement to prevent.

In 2015, he was reportedly severely injured in an airstrike in western Iraq.

He has also been heard in a number of audio messages to followers, including an 18-minute speech given earlier this year.

UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said: "The death of Baghdadi is a significant milestone in the coalition's work to defeat Daesh [IS] but it is not the end of the threat.

"Daesh has imposed terrible suffering on innocent civilians. The UK will continue to work with our international partners to bring this to an end."

Sky News is broadcasting a Brexit-free channel, weekdays 5pm to 10pm on Sky 523

Sister of slain ISIS leader Baghdadi arrested in intelligence 'gold mine,' Turkey says .
The older sister of the slain leader of the Islamic State group Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has been captured in northwestern Syria during a raid on Monday, according to a senior Turkish official, who called the arrest an intelligence "gold mine."Rasmiya Awad, 65, is suspected of being affiliated with the extremist group, the Turkish official said without elaboration.

—   Share news in the SOC. Networks

Topical videos:

usr: 9
This is interesting!