Politicians react over al-Baghdadi death

By: Suraya Raiszada

Following death of Islamic State (IS) leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, Afghanistan government considered killing of al-Baghdadi as key and big step towards rooting out the terrorist group.
Afghanistan government officials by welcoming this step of the US said that Daesh was one of the most cruel and worst terrorist groups involved in killing of the innocent people in various parts of the world and resulting insecurity and instability in the world.
“We hope that killing of al-Baghdadi will result in rooting out the terrorist group in various parts of the world in particular Afghanistan,” a statement from presidential palace said.
The statement added that killing key leaders of terrorist groups in particular al-Baghdadi was key in reduction of terrorist attacks and maintaining security in Afghanistan as the people of this country have suffered from the phenomenon of terrorism for long years.
The government of Afghanistan believes that the only way to address terrorism-related challenges is the joint and common cooperation of the world countries towards counter terrorism as well as quick and timely steps against the terrorist groups.
Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who had led the so-called Islamic State and terrorist group since 2010, killed himself during a raid by U.S. special forces on his hideout in northwest Syria early on Sunday. His death was announced by U.S. President Donald Trump.
Afghan political experts have also considered killing of the Islamic State leader as big blow to activities of the group in the world and region, stressing on increasing military operations against all other terrorist groups in the world and region.
“Terrorism is the enemy of humanity and has no border. The only goal of terrorist groups is to create insecurity and instability and to kill innocent people,” said Haidar Hemat, an Afghan political expert.
He said that those countries working jointly with Afghanistan government in war on terror should exert pressure on those countries supporting terrorist groups in order to stop supporting and funding terrorist groups in their soil.
“There are different visions in connection with killing leader of the Islamic State, but US should increase its military operations against the respective terrorist group in Syria, Iraq and other countries where the group is operating,” Hemat added.
Iqbal Safi, head of defense commission of lower house of Afghanistan parliament, said Afghanistan was among countries that has suffered from terrorism for the past two decades; therefore, world and regional countries should take practical steps and jointly work with Afghanistan to fight the phenomenon. He stressed on increased military operations against various terrorist groups in the world and region in particular Afghanistan.
It is worth mentioning that leadership of Islamic State in Khorasan (ISIS-K) had pledged allegiance to Baghdadi but it was unclear what direct operational links the two groups had. It was first appeared in 2014, in the eastern province of Nangarhar, where it retains a stronghold. It announced its formation in January 2015 and has since carried out bloody attacks on civilian targets in Kabul and other cities of the country.

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