Just Who Is Dead?

Recently the Russians claimed to have killed the ISIS leader al-Baghdadi….I wrote about the news piece ……

Source: Death Of A Bad Man – In Saner Thought

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.

Source: CENTCOM Confirms Islamic State’s “Grand Mufti” Killed in Airstrike | RealClearDefense

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…..

Source: In Apocalyptic Vandalism, ISIL blows up 800-year-old Nuri Mosque in Mosul | Informed Comment

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9 thoughts on “Just Who Is Dead?

  1. This destruction of ancient buildings by ISIS says much about the ideology of the organisation.
    It would appear that they seek to re-write history, by destroying physical examples of its presence.
    (Not unlike removing Confederate war memorials, at least in concept.)
    Best wishes, Pete.

      1. They have argued in the past that statues were ‘idols’, and presumably think that ancient mosques represent something that goes against their crazy thinking.

      2. But the mosque was good enough for the leader to proclaim he was the “Caliph” there…so it was more “sacred” at one point….chuq

  2. It matters not a whit, who is dead. All its leaders could be killed at the same time and the ideas, strategies, and insanity will live on in the gonads of wannabe leaders, guys (mostly) bent on suicide while making a smear on history. And will be rediscovered a century or two from now if humans are still around. The selling of death and hatred by Hitler, then Serb leaders after the break up of Yugoslavia have shown the world that even 1,000-year-old slights and made up enemies can be reborn to enslave people through hate. It is a self-defeating pattern but one that offers enough success for the leader to repeat over and over again until the world says – no more Cambodia, Rwanda, Serbian, ISIS, NAZI states – PERIOD!

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