01 November 2019
Earlier, the Islamic State confirmed the death of the group’s longtime leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and reportedly named Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Quraishi as his successor.
The move came just days after the Trump administration claimed the IS leader blew himself up during a raid by US special forces in Syria’s Idlib province.
The hunting down of the IS leader Abu-Bakr al Baghdadi and his apparent suicide with an explosive vest has generated skepticism and uncertainty among both US military leaders and experts.
… Terrorism expert Professor Rohan Gunaratna of the International Centre for Political Violence and Terrorism Research (ICPVTR) at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore agreed the United States was following common practice in refusing to release many details about the operation.
“No government, including the United States, will release all the footage of a counterterrorist operation. I think that is very important for governments to not make public the entire documentation, including footage, of such sensitive operations,” Gunaratna said.
Sources and methods used in such operations needed to be concealed for a very long time because otherwise the terrorists would benefit, Gunaratna explained.
ICPVTR / Online
Last updated on 04/11/2019