Thursday April 2, 2020

Isis death a pyrrhic victory for US as chaos grows

The demise of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is dwarfed by the ongoing US policy failures

3rd November, 2019
Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi led Isis until he was cornered by US operatives and took his own life last week Pic: Getty

Last week’s death of the Isis leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi at the hands of US special forces is not the great victory that US president Donald Trump claims it to be. Indeed, it is ironic that the very circumstances that facilitated its success are being undermined by current US policy in the region.

The mission relied on the cooperation of allies and other states, especially the Syrian Kurds, who have been betrayed by...

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