World leaders hailed the death of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, underlining all that the fight against terrorism is not won.
French President Emmanuel Macron called al-Baghdadi’s death “a severe blow” to the Islamic State, but stressed that “it is just a step.”
In a Twitter post, Macron stated that “the fighting goes on” so that “the terrorist organization is definitely defeated.”
“It’s our priority in the Levant,” he said.
French Defense Minister Florence Parly congratulated the United States on the operation, while appealing to “continue the relentless fight” against the Islamic State.
“Baghdadi’s death is an important moment in the fight against terrorism, but the battle against scourge of Daesh is not over yet” – Boris Johnson
In two tweets published shortly after US President Donald Trump’s announcement, Parly wrote: “Early retirement for a terrorist, but not for his organization.”
In the United Kingdom, Prime Minister Boris Johnson considered al-Baghdadi’s death “an important moment in the fight against terrorism” but warned that the fight against the Islamic State “is not over”.
“Baghdadi’s death is an important moment in the fight against terrorism, but the battle against the scourge of Daesh is not over yet”, Boris Johnson wrote on Twitter account.
“We will work with our coalition partners to end Daesh’s murderous and barbaric activities once and for all”, he wrote.
Also, on Twitter, British Defense Minister Ben Wallace hailed “the action launched,” stating that “the world will not miss Al-Baghdadi”.
“ISIS [another of the acronyms used to designate the jihadist group] is one of the most bloodthirsty terrorist organizations of our generation. Its leaders distorted Islam to attract thousands of people to join its malevolent cause”, wrote Wallace. Adding that the UK has had a leading role in the international coalition against the jihadists and will continue to do so.
“The death of Daesh leader marks a turning point in our joint fight against terrorism”- Erdogan
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan welcomed the death of the extremist group leader, who he considered a “turning point” in the fight against terrorism.
“The death of the Daesh leader marks a turning point in our joint fight against terrorism”, wrote Erdogan on Twitter.
“Turkey will continue to support efforts against terrorism as it has done in the past”, he added.
Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was one of the most wanted men on the planet and had a $25 million prize-pool head
In Israel, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu also considered Al-Baghdadi’s death “an important step” but “the battle” against terrorism continues.
“I want to congratulate President Trump on this extraordinary achievement that led to the death of the Islamic State leader. This victory is an important step, but the battle continues,” Netanyahu told reporters on the sidelines of a visit to an Israeli military base.
Later, in a statement, Netanyahu stressed that for Israel, which borders Syria, “the elimination” of al-Baghdadi “testifies to our determination, that of the United States and that of all free countries, to combat terrorist organizations and states”.
The only jarring voice in the first reactions to the announcement came from Moscow, where Russian Defense Ministry spokesman General Igor Konashenkov said he had no “reliable information” about al-Baghdadi’s “death”, but only “contradictory details” giving rise to “doubts about the success of the operation”.
“The Russian Ministry of Defense does not have reliable information on the actions of the US Armed Forces in the Idlib detention zone concerning death” of Al-Baghdadi, the spokesman said in a statement. Russian defense voice General Igor Konashenkov.
US President Donald Trump announced Sunday the death of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in a US military operation in northwestern Syria.
“Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is dead,” Trump said in a statement to the country at the White House.
Trump said the leader of the jihadist group hid in a tunnel during the military operation and detonated an explosive vest, causing his death, as well as three of his children.
Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was one of the most wanted men on the planet and had a $25 million prize-pool head.