Written by: Joshua Spurlock 
Article source: www.bridgesforpeace.com

With the United States on Sunday announcing a US Special Forces raid had resulted in the death of ISIS [Islamic State] leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi, Israel not only congratulated the US but noted the operation sends an important message. “Congratulations to @realDonaldTrump & US forces on the successful operation to eliminate ISIS leader Al-Baghdadi,” Israeli Foreign Minister Israel Katz posted to Twitter. “This is an important step in the war against one of the most brutal terrorist organizations in history & a strong message to the free world that we can defeat terror.”

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu offered his own congrats to [Israel’s] chief ally. In comments published by his office, Netanyahu congratulated US President Donald Trump and called the death of the ISIS leader an “impressive achievement.”

“This reflects the united resolve of the free countries led by the United States to fight the forces of terror, the terror organizations and the terrorist states,” said Netanyahu. “This is an important milestone, but it’s part of a longer battle which me must win.”

As if to reinforce his message that the war on terror is ongoing, Netanyahu’s comments were also posted in a video on Twitter with Netanyahu speaking in front of what appeared to be a military unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). Israel has been one of many nations that have had to deal with the ISIS terror threat inside their own country. In addition, Israel borders Syria, one of the nations where ISIS tried to set up a kingdom, or [Islamic] Caliphate [the rulership of Islam].

Baghdadi died in the US Special Forces raid in Syria on Saturday night, according to a statement from US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. The top US diplomat’s comments, published by the State Department, noted that the Global Coalition had already “destroyed ISIS’s so-called caliphate earlier this year.”

Said Pompeo, “Baghdadi’s demise is further evidence—available for all to see—that the United States will not stop in the pursuit of bringing evil to justice and delivering on our promise to do everything in our power to keep America safe and to bring this scourge to its knees.”

It’s not just the US who benefits from the takedown of the leader of ISIS, also known as Daesh. “While there is still work left to do to ensure ISIS’s enduring defeat, Baghdadi’s death follows the path of scores of other ISIS leaders that have been removed from the battlefield and can no longer commit heinous atrocities or spread their vile ideology of hatred to poison and recruit vulnerable minds,” said Pompeo, calling it a “great day” for those who endured ISIS’s terror.

Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations Danny Danon agreed.

Tweeted Danon on the death of Baghdadi, “The Middle East is a little more secure today, but the fight against terror groups in the region—and their sponsors—continues.”

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Date published: 01/11/2019
Feature image: President Donald Trump monitoring the US Special Forces raid that resulted in the death of ISIS leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi

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