On Sunday, Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi has killed in a raid by US special forces in NW Syria. Below is a selection of some of the reactions from partners in the Global Coalition Against Daesh.
Death of Daesh’s leader: UK government statement
The UK has played a leading role in the Global Coalition Against Daesh, working hand in hand with international partners to defeat Daesh. Since the Global Coalition commenced in September 2014, it has helped to liberate more than 7.7 million and 110,000 square kilometres across Iraq and Syria from Daesh.
Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said:
- The death of Baghdadi is a significant milestone in the coalition’s work to defeat Daesh but it is not the end of the threat.
- Daesh has imposed terrible suffering on innocent civilians. The UK will continue to work with our international partners to bring this to an end.
Defence Secretary Ben Wallace said:
- ISIS is one of the most murderous terrorist organisations of our generation. Their leaders have twisted Islam to groom thousands of people into joining their evil cause.
- I welcome the action that has been taken. The world will not miss Al-Baghdadi.
- The UK has played a leading role in the Global Coalition Against Daesh, working hand in hand with international partners to defeat the group and we will continue to do so.
Joint Statement on the Death of Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi
By The Hon. Scott Morrison MP Prime Minister Senator
The Hon. Marise Payne Minister for Foreign Affairs Minister for Women Senator
The Hon. Linda Reynolds CSC Minister for Defence
The announcement by US President Donald Trump confirming the death of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is welcomed by Australia. Al-Baghdadi died in a US-led raid on his hideout in northwest Syria on 26 October. He led a murderous, terrorist group responsible for widespread misery and destruction across large parts of Iraq and Syria.
He also inspired or directed cowardly attacks by ISIS followers against innocent civilians around the world, some of whom were Australian. He was responsible for ordering ethnic cleansing, sexual slavery, and other crimes against humanity. Al-Baghdadi’s death is a significant blow to ISIS and another important step in preventing its revitalisation. It is important to remember his death does not represent the end of the campaign to defeat this terrorist group and the extremism it embodies.
ISIS and its perverted ideology continue to pose security threats in the Middle East region and beyond. Australia remains an active contributor to the 79-member Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS, and is committed to playing our part in the evolving counter-terrorism fight. Keeping Australians safe from terrorist attacks remains a foremost priority for the Government.
Australian Defence Force personnel continue to support Coalition operations against ISIS. The Australian Government thanks Australian and Coalition military forces who, for many years, have helped in the efforts to defeat ISIS.
We honour the courage and sacrifice of Iraqi Security Forces in the liberation of their land from the ruthless occupation of ISIS.
We also restate our deep respect for the Syrian Democratic Forces, who have been steadfast and courageous security partners in the counter-ISIS coalition. Australia will continue to work closely with Coalition partners and the wider international community to counter ISIS, including by stemming their financing, and stopping terrorist groups using the internet as a tool of recruitment and propaganda.
Statement by President Barham Salih
“Al-Baghdadi caused untold slaughter, mayhem and suffering. His demise is a great milestone in the war against terror. While remembering his victims, we must ensure the fight continues to eradicate the scourge of terrorism through continued security vigilance, inclusive political systems, and development.
Following extensive work by a dedicated team for over a year, Iraq’s National Intelligence Service was able to accurately pinpoint the hideout of the terrorist Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi in the Syrian province of Idlib. Subsequently, U.S. forces, in coordination with Iraq’s National Intelligence Service, carried out an operation which led to the elimination of the terrorist Al-Baghdadi. Iraq’s Armed Forces and Intelligence services will continue with Iraq’s partners in the coalition to relentlessly pursue Daesh terrorists and to defeat their ideology.”
Iraqi Ambassador to the United States Fareed Yasseen released the following statement regarding the successful military operation against ISIS leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, in Syria:
“Today justice prevailed. The brutal leader of ISIS has met his end. We would like to express our gratitude to the U.S. military personnel who carried out the daring raid in Syria that led to this outcome.
No country and no people have suffered at the hands of ISIS more than the people of Iraq, particularly Iraq’s religious minorities who were singled out for the cruelty of ISIS. It is with a sense of pride that I commend the Iraqi National Intelligence Service, whose diligent and dangerous work provided key information, throughout our partnership with the United States, which contributed to identifying the whereabouts of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, and the success of the weekend raid.
Iraq will continue to work with the United States, direct allies, and all members of the global anti-ISIS coalition to analyze and act on valuable intelligence gathered in this and future operations. ISIS or any other terrorist group cannot be allowed to regenerate on Iraq soil or elsewhere in the world.”
Statement by Adil Abdul-Mahdi, Prime Minister and The Commander in Chief of Iraqi Armed Forces
“…After your brothers in the armed forces were able to militarily defeat ISIS and eradicate its presence from the Iraq regions, the Iraqi National Intelligence Service today completes this achievement with a major role in tracking down the criminal Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in a unique operation that began in June of last year and resulted in the arrest of carriers and close associates of al-Baghdadi’s family that led to where he was inside the Syrian territory.
The Supreme Judicial Council contributed further to the investigation and disclosure of the facts with detainees close to ISIS leaders. On this occasion, we extend our sincere thanks and gratitude to all Service Officers who contributed to this great achievement, and who dedicated themselves to sacrifice for the sake of their homeland and their people.”
Interpol Secretary General Jürgen Stock.
The death of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is an important moment in our fight against terrorism, but the battle is not yet over. We will continue our work with our @coalition partners to identify foreign terrorist fighters who threaten the safety and security of people around the world.
— Jürgen Stock (@INTERPOL_SG) October 27, 2019
Mike Pompeo, the U.S. Secretary of @StateDept
Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi’s death ensures he can no longer commit heinous atrocities or spread ISIS's vile ideology of hatred.
— Secretary Pompeo (@SecPompeo) October 27, 2019
UK Secretary Of State For Foreign Affairs
Following the death of Daesh’s leader, we must not allow Daesh to glorify someone who actioned such inhumane & abhorrent criminal acts. The UK will continue to support efforts to #DefeatDaesh
— Dominic Raab (@DominicRaab) October 27, 2019
Florence Parly, French Minister of the Armed Forces
Baghdadi : retraite anticipée pour un terroriste, mais pas pour son organisation. Nous poursuivrons le combat sans relâche contre Daech, avec nos partenaires, en nous adaptant aux nouvelles circonstances régionales. 1/2
— Florence Parly (@florence_parly) October 27, 2019
Bahrain ministry of foreign affairs
— وزارة الخارجية 🇧🇭 (@bahdiplomatic) October 29, 2019