On Sunday, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson applauded the death of ISIS chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi as “an important moment” but added that the fight against his group “is not yet over”.
He wrote on Twitter, “The death of Baghdadi is an important moment in our fight against terror but the battle against the evil of Daesh is not yet over.”
“We will work with our coalition partners to bring an end to the murderous, barbaric activities of Daesh once and for all,” he added.
Ben Wallace, the Defence Secretary said that ISIS group’s leaders “have twisted Islam to groom thousands of people into joining their evil cause”.
“I welcome the action that has been taken. The world will not miss Al-Baghdadi,” he tweeted.
On Sunday, US President Donald Trump said that elusive ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was killed, dying “like a dog,” in a daring, nighttime raid by US special forces deep in northwest Syria.
Mr. Trump told the nation in a televised address from the White House that US forces killed a “large number” of ISIS terrorists during the raid which culminated in cornering Baghdadi in a tunnel, where he set off a suicide vest.
“He ignited his vest, killing himself,” Mr. Trump added.
“He died after running into a dead-end tunnel, whimpering and crying and screaming all the way,” Mr. Trump further claimed. During the blast, three of Baghdadi’s children also died, he added.
President Trump stated that the raid had been executed by the help from Iraq, Turkey, Syria, and Russia. Special forces “executed a dangerous and daring nightime raid in northwestern Syria and accomplished their mission in grand style.”
Mr. death of the ISIS founder comes as a big boost for Mr. Trump whose sudden decision to withdraw a small but effective deployment of US forces from Syria caused fears that it would give ISIS remnants and sleeper cells a chance to regroup.