Recently the Russians claimed to have killed the ISIS leader al-Baghdadi….I wrote about the news piece ……
I bring this up because the US has issued a report that says they have killed the “Grand Mufti” religious leader of ISIS…..
US Central Command (CENTCOM) confirmed today that the Islamic State’s Turki al-Bin’ali was killed in a May 31 airstrike in Mayadin, Syria.
Mayadin, which is in the eastern Syrian province of Deir Ezzor, has become a hub for the so-called caliphate’s senior personnel. The US has targeted several high-profile figures in or near the city this year.
Now this could be good news….but the US has killed “leaders” before…one guy in Afghanistan he was killed at least 3 separate times….
If true this could be good news…take out the radicalizing force of the group….but this does not eliminate the group….just one of the “soldiers”.
Since both were supposedly in Syria, around Raqqa, could one be mistaken for the other…..
Just who is dead at this point?
More news from the ISIS front…..
It seems that ISIS is admitting that they are doomed….one of their last acts of violence in the Iraqi city of Mosul was barbaric and unnecessary….
In what American commanders called a crime against the people of Iraq and the country’s prime minister called an admission of defeat, officials say ISIS fighters blew up Mosul’s most iconic mosque Wednesday night as government troops closed in. The Grand al-Nuri Mosque, more than 800 years old, was where ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi declared a caliphate in 2014 during his only public appearance, the BBC reports. ISIS—whose fighters had been seen bringing explosives to the site, according to CNN—claimed the mosque in Mosul’s Old City had been destroyed by American aircraft, but US commanders swiftly denied the claim, saying there had been no strikes in the area.
Aerial photos showed little but rubble remaining at the mosque complex, where the black flag of ISIS had flown since 2014. The destruction of the mosque and its famous minaret “amounts to an official acknowledgement of defeat,” Iraqi prime minister Haider al-Abadi said in a statement. The Old City is the only part of Mosul still held by ISIS and commanders say the “final chapter” of the offensive to retake the city has begun. The Iraqi military says elite counterterrorism units had fought their way to within 170 feet of the mosque when it was destroyed, Reuters reports.
Why? What purpose did this serve?
More thoughts on the destruction of this magnificent mosque…..