The US war on terror has resumed in Syria, with Abu Ibrahim Al-Hashimi Al-Qurashi, the Islamic State’s commander, as the target. The mission was completed successfully. President Joe Biden gave his directions the green light on Wednesday. US Marines raided a building in northwest Syria. Al-Qureshi blew himself up when he was cornered and had no way out. According to the story, he killed himself and members of his family, including women and children, with an explosive device.
President Biden described Al- Qurashi’s act as a cowardly act. Because of the high-profile target and the timing, this is a major victory in the war on terror. Three years ago, the Islamic State was routed from the battlefield, losing their final enclave in Syria, but there has recently been a resurgence of more recruitment and attacks, as we saw last month when isis terrorists attacked a prison in Syria, killing Islamic State detainees.
The US-backed Kurdish troops were driven into action, resulting in a 10-day confrontation in which 120 Kurdish fighters were killed and 374 ISIS terrorists were killed. The attack was seen as a sign of the Islamic State’s comeback, as the Kurdish forces pointed out.
How Many Terrorists does the Islamic State have?
According to the report, between 8,000 and 16,000 people have been killed, and most intelligence inputs point to a revival, so the US had no choice but to respond on Wednesday. This was the largest US operation in Syria since 2019. The most recent one also targeted the Islamic State’s leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. When Baghdadi died, al-Qureshi took over as leader of ISIS, which he had been leading since 2019. Taking him out of the United States has, at least for now, contained the revival.
The Americans claim that no civilians were killed in the operation, but ground reports contradict this claim. According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, 13 civilians were killed in the operation, including four children and two women. The operation took place around midnight, and the target was a densely populated area called atme near the Turkish border.
Furthermore, one of the eyewitnesses told a local news outlet that at 12:30 a.m., we thought we heard the sound of wind because it had been windy earlier in the day, but when we got out of the house, we saw aircrafts flying over our heads and after 10 minutes, we heard them shouting at the residents to give themselves up because the house was surrounded.
While the objective is fulfilled, for the time being, we must consider the long term and how ISIS can be entirely eradicated. The war ended three years ago, but the post-war process was not followed. Thousands of ISIS terrorists’ families still live in camps in Syria and Iraq, and hundreds of terrorists are still imprisoned, but there is no due process, no trial, and no prosecution. This is what the Kurdish fighters are calling for: speeding up the trials to prosecute and punish these terrorists.
Furthermore, the family members currently reside in enormous refugee camps, which are hotbeds of ISIS resurrection. There must be a systematic plan in place to deal with them, in other words, to clean up after the conflict if the extremist ideology is not addressed. Equally vital is political stability. ISIS thrived on upheaval and disarray in the last decade, and things aren’t any better today. Turkey attacks Kurdish militants as Iranian proxies assault US forces. Baghdad’s problems with the Kurds are exacerbated by the fact that ISIS thrives on chaos. Their attacks are currently limited to sleeper cells; they do not have standing armies or weapons as they did last time, but that does not imply the battle is ended.
Who was Abu Ibrahim Al-Hashimi Al-Qurashi?
He was 45 years old when he died. Abu Ibrahim Al-Hashimi Al-Qurashi was born on October 5th, 1976 in Iraq. Abu was an Iraqi terrorist who has served as the Islamic State’s second ‘caliph’ since October 31st, 2019, after being nominated by a shura council. Lately, the U.S Rewards for Justice Program was offering up to $10 million in exchange for information leading to al-Qurashi’s apprehension. According to the report, he killed himself on Feb 3rd, 2022 during a raid by the U.S. Joint Special Operations Command.
In terms of his early life, he attended Mosul University and completed his studies in accordance with Sharia law, after which he worked as an army officer in Ba’athist Iraq. After Saddam Hussein’s dictatorship came to an end, he joined Al-Qaeda. However, Abu was detained by U.S. forces in Camp Bucca prison in 2004 and there he met Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. After he was released from prison he joined Al-Qaeda but left in 2014. Later, the same year Abu was the main Islamic State leader who orchestrated the genocidal mass killings of Yazidis during the Sinjar massacre.
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