Islamic State leader ‘will taste justice,’ warns US
‘We’ll find, kill him like bin Laden,’ says head of anti-IS coalition; Washington may ramp up deployment of special anti-IS forces to Syria.
Islamic State and its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi “will taste justice” just like the late al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, the US spokesman for the anti-IS coalition, dubbed Operation Inherent Resolve, said Friday. In a briefing via teleconference from Baghdad with Pentagon reporters, Army Col. Steve Warren said coalition forces were actively searching for Islamic State leaders, especially al-Baghdadi, and that its military activities have severely hampered the terror group’s operations in Iraq and Syria. “ISIL’s leadership is having an increasingly difficult time governing their so-called caliphate and they’re hunkered down with a degraded ability to shoot, move or communicate,” Warren said, using another acronym for the Islamic State.
“I hope that al-Baghdadi watches these press conferences because I want him to know that we are hunting him,” Warren said. “We will find him just like we found his mentor [Abu Musab al-] Zarqawi and killed him, just like we found the grandmaster of terrorism, Osama bin Laden, [and] we killed him,” Warren added.
“He will taste justice,” Warren warned. “I don’t know if that justice will look like a Hellfire missile or if it will look like a dark prison cell somewhere but he will find justice one day.”
Warren also said that the coalition-backed Iraqi security forces launched a new offensive near Mosul set to reconquer territory taken by the Islamic State in a military blitz in the summer of 2014.
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