NEW DELHI: The United States special forces conducted an air raid in northwest Syria that led to the killing of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi on Saturday. That’s big news indeed. But will it end Daesh or terrorism? No, arguably.
“Last night, the United States brought the world no 1 terrorist to justice,” the US president Donald J Trump in a televised speech said.
The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria or ISIS is a group backed by radical Islamists particularly, the Saudi Arabian monarchy, and are known for spearheading hate and brutal campaign against all faiths including Christians and Muslims alike.
Thousands of Christians have been forced to leave their home country Syria, following destruction of churches and other historical sites which the group plundered.
Robert Fisk in the Independent wrote, “As for claiming that the world “is now a much safer place”, well let’s wait and see. These Islamist cults usually have a chrysalis leader waiting to take the place of the dead. Or an even worse version of their own cruel institution.”
It is also widely considered that the United States has been backing the violent group as a part of its geopolitical ambition in the Middle East together with Israel and Saudi Arabia.
The political analysts however say that ISIS or its chief Baghdadi never pounced upon Zionists despite being their well-known rivalry with the Islamic front which according to them clearly corroborates Israel’s role in propping up this group.
The much-awaited action may have brought some cheer, with the US being at a driver seat, but it may no longer be considered as a victory against terrorism. Since, despite bin Laden’s death, the Taliban continues to scale up, Daesh leader’s death may make little difference now.
With hatred and tyranny as a doctrine, the radical group has though succeeded in inflicting minds of millions of vulnerable Muslims especially those in South East Asia and other parts of the world.
Meanwhile, the Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that, “This is a great day for United States, the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS, and people all across the world who suffered far too long from the cruelty of terrorism.”
Trump unusually, thanked Russia, Syria and Iraq on the eve of Baghdadi’s death. The terror leader had become Assad-ruled Syria’s biggest headache. The impact of anti-terror actions has become more pronounced in the region after Russia’s intervention since 2015.