He’s Not Dead, He’s Our Leader

Does anyone remember a dude by the name of al-Baghdadi?  He is the spiritual leader of ISIS.  The US is said to have maimed him in an airstrike…..then the Syrian claimed to have killed him in an airstrike of their own….then word came out that he was well and doing fine and now a new twist to the saga that is his life……

Jabbar al-Maamouri, a senior leader at the Popular Mobilization Forces in Iraq has declared that Abū Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the Salafi militant terrorist organization known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/ISIS) is now in the hands of the US forces.

According to the source, al-Maamouri assured that the US forces will not kill the terrorist leader unless they are forced or obliged to do so. He also added that if this is the case, then it will for sure happen in a Hollywood-like manner.

The news was announced only two days after al-Maamouri was quoted saying that several senior leaders of the Islamic State remain in hiding at the Diyala-Salahuddin borders.

As Iraqi troops managed to gain control, on Friday, on headquarters of the group’s leadership in the depth of the desert as well as a booby-trapping workshop, the media service of al-Hashd al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilization Forces) said that twenty-one Islamic State members, including Arab and foreign militants, were killed, while twenty villages were liberated. IS members escaped their locations toward the desert depth of desert in Mosul, Salahuddin and Anbar.

The Upper Euphrates and al-Jazeera Combing Operations, previously announced that joint troops started a wide-scale operation to liberate al-Jazeera regions located between Salahuddin, Nineveh and Anbar.

Joint troops had managed to free several residential areas in Anbar, Salahuddin, Diyala and Kirkuk from Islamic State, which urged the militants to escape toward Al-Jazeera regions in those provinces.

The senior leader further pointed out that ISIS also known as Daesh “has prepared the grounds for the US so that it can return to Iraq under the pretext of fighting terrorism.”

Earlier in June, Russia’s Foreign Ministry had said there is a high degree of certainty that Isis leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was dead.

The statement, carried by RIA news agency back then doubled down on Moscow’s claim last week that its forces may have killed the secretive terrorist leader. The Russian authorities did not produce any proof since the initial claim was made while Iraqi officials were skeptical about it.

Later in September, a top U.S. military commander who cited new intelligence said that al-Baghdadi is likely still alive.

Well if true what does that mean for ISIS?

After I wrote this draft yet another report of his death surfaced……

ISIS has finally admitted its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is dead, according to reports in Iraq.

The terror group is said to have confirmed that the 45-year-old was killed in an air strike in the Iraqi province of Nineveh.

Reports claim ISIS fanatics are scrambling to find a successor to the terror chief, who announced the formation of the group’s so-called caliphate in Mosul in 2014.

A ban on jihadis talking about the leader’s death has now been lifted, according to a source who spoke to Iraqi media.

If confirmed, his death would mark another devastating blow to the jihadist group after its loss of Mosul, which Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said Monday had been retaken from ISIS after a gruelling months-long campaign.

(dailymmail.co.uk)

Will someone please make up our minds for us….and soon.

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5 thoughts on “He’s Not Dead, He’s Our Leader

  1. I’m never sure that killing any ‘leader’ makes any difference at all. There is always someone to fill their shoes. As far as I can tell, it doesn’t matter if he is dead or not. The claims and counter claims are just attempts at justifying killing so many civilians, I suspect.
    Best wishes, Pete.

    1. AQ has not been the same without Osama….still there just not as active….we can only hope the same for ISIS….just an increase in airstrikes that are not discriminatory on who they kill….chuq

    2. Pete, its a pleasure for me to agree. 😉 Daesh is not fighting any traditional war. They are specialized in asymmetric actions, and as you wrote in terror acts. Who needs a traditional leadership when the goal is killing as much civilans as possible? ;-(

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