Trump triumphs, “the fight against Daesh continues” for Europeans

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Reactions flock after announcement Sunday, Oct. 28, of chief's death of the Islamic State group (IS) Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi in an American raid in northwestern Syria. An operation that sounds like a success for Donald Trump, but welcomed with restraint by his European allies.

A raw and detailed speech. “Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is dead”, said Donald Trump in a speech from the White House. The US president delivered a detailed account of the raid in which the IS leader was cornered by US forces and blew himself up with his explosive belt. “He did not die like a hero, he died like a coward” hammered Donald Trump. Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi has “ran in a dead end tunnel, moaning, crying and screaming”, the president said again.

The spokesman of the IS killed in another raid. A few hours later, Kurdish forces announced the death of ISIS spokesman Abu Hassan Al-Muhajir in a new raid in northern Aleppo province. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (OSDH) confirmed an operation “US forces in cooperation with the Syrian Democratic Forces”.

Europeans remain cautious. For many leaders, the disappearance of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi does not announce the end of the IS. This is'“an important moment in our fight against terror, but the battle against the plague of Daesh is not over,” Boris Johnson responded. “The death of al-Baghdadi is a blow against Daesh, but it's only a step. For its part, said French President Emmanuel Macron. As NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, he praised “important step” in the battle “against international terrorism”.


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