Sri Lanka commends Trump on death of ISIS leader

The Sri Lankan Government today commended US President Donald Trump on the successful operation which led to the death of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said that the successful operation will make the world a safer place.

He recalled that ISIS had claimed responsibility over the Easter Sunday attacks in Sri Lanka last April in which over 250 people were killed.

ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is believed to have been killed in a raid conducted by the US military in northwest Syria on Saturday.

Baghdadi, the leader of the terror group, has been in hiding for the last five years. In April, a video was published by the ISIS media wing al-Furqan that showed a man purporting to be Baghdadi. It was the first time Baghdadi has been seen since July 2014, when he spoke at the Great Mosque in Mosul.

In February 2018, several US officials said Baghdadi had been wounded in an airstrike in May 2017 and had to relinquish control of the terror group for up to five months because of his injuries.

Baghdadi became the leader of Islamic State of Iraq (ISI) in 2010. In 2013, ISI declared its absorption of an al Qaeda-backed militant group in Syria and Baghdadi said that his group will now be known as Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL or ISIS).

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