Josh Randall hunts the Wild West for those dastards that have broken the law and are wanted so they may pay for their sins…..so goes the story line of a 60’s TV show. But this time we are not talking the Old West where men were men and sheep ran scared.
This time we are looking for the leader, the caliph, of ISIS…aL-Baghdadi. As troops zero in on Mosul and the home of ISIS leader it appears that the coward has tucked tale and ran. He left town dressed as an elderly nun (my assertion not fact).
Did he run to the capital of ISIS, Raqqa? Does not look as if he did…..for it is being attacked as I type. He went where all good terrorists go when they are pursued by the US…Afghanistan.
ISIL Caliphate, Abu Bakr Al Baghdadi, is said to have fled Mosul. ISIL says this is not true and it makes everyone believe he is still there. Though we have never thought of killing individuals, or terrorist leaders, as important compared to refuting their ideas, it is always tempting to see the head of this criminal gang behind bars or being beheaded by one of his many victims.
But the question is: Where did Baghdadi go?
Naturally, a group like ISIL will think of securing its symbol where it has some infrastructure capable of providing a safe refuge to him. The only place that comes to mind is Afghanistan or any geographically inaccessible region in Central Asia.
This should raise again the more important issue of the expansion of terrorist Jihadism in that region. This issue is steadily growing and it is likely that in a decade or two, and so long as global cooperation does not move to this ground fast, we will be talking less about the Middle East and more about Central Asia.
This could be good news….we have al-Baghdadi cornered like we had AQ’s master mind bin Laden in Afghanistan….oh wait…..we fucked up that gimme.
Al-Baghdadi could be anywhere….he could be a yak herder in southern Uzbekistan or a poppy grower in Afghanistan….no one knows just yet.
So what are the chances that we will get our man? Or will this be a replay of the bin Laden affair in 2001? Will it take another decade to “get our man”?
Did anyone notice?