United Nations: Acknowledging that annihilating the terrorist outfit Islamic State (IS) would be a “long-term campaign”, US President Barack Obama reiterated his determination to destroy the group.
“We are harnessing all of our tools – military, intelligence, economic, development and the strength of our communities” to combat the extremist group, Obama told a summit at the United Nations on countering the IS and violent extremism.
“In Iraq and Syria, the IS is surrounded by communities, countries and a broad international coalition committed to its destruction,” said Obama on Tuesday, reported Xinhua news agency.
“We are seeing a new global movement to counter the violent extremism that IS needs to survive,” he added.
Mentioning that vanquishing the outfit is “not an easy task”, Obama said the current approach will take time. “There are going to be successes and there are going to be setbacks,” Obama noted.
“This is not a conventional battle. This is a long-term campaign is not only against this particular network, but against its ideology.” He also called for renewed effort to stem the radicalising networks that are attracting recruits to the extremist group.
The son of the Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has died in a suicide attack mission in the city of Homs in western Syria, according to the IS media al-Nashir News.
Posting the photograph of a young boy, purportedly Hudhayfah al-Badri, al-Baghdadi’s son, the outlet said he lost his life in an operation against the Russian forces deployed in Homs and the Syrian government forces, referred to as Nusayriyyah by IS.
“Hudhayfah al-Badri (may Allah accept him), the son of the Caliph (may Allah safeguard him), was killed in an inghimasi [suicide] operation against the Nusayriyyah and the Russians at the thermal power station in Homs Willayah,” the news outlet reported.
Inghimasi refers to suicide operations in which a fighter, clad with explosive belt and armed with regular weapons, attacks an enemy position before detonating himself to inflict as much damage on the enemy as possible.
The U.S. military said it has seen the reports of al-Badri’s death but declined any confirmation.
“It would be inappropriate for us to comment on an attack on forces outside the Coalition. We have nothing more to provide,” U.S. Central Command told VOA.
An Iraqi national, al-Baghdadi, whose real name is Ibrahim Awad al-Badri, announced the Islamic State caliphate in the city of Mosul in June 2014 and made himself its caliph. The leader has since become the world’s most wanted man, with a $25 million bounty on his head.
Al-Baghdadi’s fate is still unknown, with various reports claiming his death and injury several times, including a claim by the Russian Defense Ministry that he might have been hit by a Russian airstrike in 2017.
Those claims have been rejected by U.S. officials and the whereabouts of the elusive leader remain unknown.
Al-Baghdadi’s infamous role in IS has put a spotlight on his family. In March 2014, al-Baghdadi’s wife, Sujidah al-Dulaimi, was released, along with her two sons and daughter, in exchange for 13 nuns taken captive by al-Qaida-linked al-Nusra Front militants.