Netanyahu: Death of ISIS chief an 'important milestone'

'Death of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is a milestone in war on terrorism - but the battle continues,' says Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu

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Binyamin Netanyahu at Palmachim Air Base October 27th 2019
Binyamin Netanyahu at Palmachim Air Base October 27th 2019
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Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Sunday welcomed US President Donald Trump's announcement of the death of Islamic State terrorist leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, calling it "an important milestone" in the war on terrorism.

Speaking on a visit to an Israeli air force base in remarks broadcast by army radio, Netanyahu added however that "the battle continues".

“I want to congratulate President Trump on the impressive achievement, an operation that led to the death of the Daash [ISIS] leader Al Baghdadi. This reflects the united resolve of the free countries led by the United States to fight the forces of terror, the terror organizations and the terrorist states. This is an important milestone, but it’s part of a longer battle which me must win.”

Likud MK and former minister Gideon Sa’ar also commented on the elimination of the ISIS chief, saying the world was a ‘better place’ with Baghdadi’s death.

“The world is a better place with Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi gone. The United States has made sure he met the end that terrorists should meet. The free world must unite in the fight against terror.”

Early Sunday morning, President Trump hinted at the operation which eliminated Baghdadi, tweeting moments after the US special forces returned from the mission that “Something very big has just happened!”

The 48-year-old Iraqi-born terrorist leader had been a member of several Sunni terrorist groups, including Al Qaeda, before he formed the ISIS terror group, with the aim of forming a Caliphate state across Syria and Iraq.