& # 39; ISIS coming back & # 39 ;: former US NATO commander warns that the terror network will accelerate planned attacks after the death of its leader and target Christmas markets
- Islamic state leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was killed during a raid on Saturday in Syria
- Retired Admiral James Stavridis said that he now expects Christmas markets & # 39; a rich goal of revenge for his death & quot ;, & quot; & quot; ISIS is not an individual & & # 39;
- & # 39; Just as winter is coming, the Islamic state is coming back & # 39 ;, he warned Monday
- Stavridis predicted that ISIS now & # 39; the operations they have in the pipeline & # 39; will accelerate
- Trump said Sunday that American troops had hit the al-Baghdadi hideout
- Stavridis said he had an & # 39; overwhelming sense of approval for this promotion & # 39;
- He also paid tribute to the Kurds & # 39; who were absolutely central at the moment & # 39;
A former US NATO commander warned Monday that the terrorist network is likely to accelerate planned attacks following the death of its leader and possibly target Christmas markets in their attack.
Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi, 48, committed suicide and three children by deploying his suicide jacket while US Special Ops troops raided his hiding place in Idlib, northwest of Syria on Saturday.
Retired Admiral James Stavridis told the Today show Monday that he & # 39; is very worried when the holidays come & # 39; and expects Christmas markets & # 39; will be a rich goal of revenge & # 39; before his death.
In a grim warning, the former US Navy Supreme Allied Commander at Nato said: &ISIS is unfortunately not a single person.
& # 39; If it were, this would be over. It is not. Just as winter is coming, the Islamic state is returning. & # 39;
He added: & # 39; Unfortunately, I would predict that just as we would speed up a pipeline operation to take Baghdadi, they would speed up the operations they have in the pipeline, I think. & # 39 ;
Former US NATO commander James Stavridis warned on Monday that the terrorist network is likely to accelerate planned attacks after the death of his leader and possibly look at Christmas markets in his mistreatment. Stavridis said that he & # 39; is very worried when the holidays come & # 39;
Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi, pictured, killed himself and three children by deploying his suicide jacket while US Special Ops troops raided their hiding place in Idlib, northwestern Syria on Saturday
Donald Trump announced on Sunday that American troops had hit the hideout of the leader of the Islamic State.
Speaking of hearing that Al-Baghdadi was murdered, Stavridis said he had an "overwhelming sense of approval for this action."
He added: “Especially the excellent work of our special operating teams, the conventional forces that supported them, moved them, making them the goal and indeed the work of the intelligence community, the CIA, the national security service, our satellite . & # 39;
Stavridis said he also felt a & # 39; feeling of gratitude to the Kurds who were absolutely central at the moment & # 39 ;, and added & # 39; the great strategic image is that we should work with our allies & # 39 ;
He said: “Unfortunately, our Kurdish allies who have attended us at every step feel bruised and rejected because of our departure and the president's competitors who had finished this region of the world.
& # 39; That is why, in my opinion, I am unlikely to see the level of cooperation that made this Baghdadi invasion possible again. & # 39;
Stavridis added: & That is why we should celebrate the death of Baghdadi, ISIS is coming back in one form or another, but the big strategic picture is that we have to work with our allies, partners and friends in the region if we are going to continue to develop a coherent strategy to pursue the Islamic state. Good to have your perspective. & # 39;
The president faces renewed criticism of his decision to withdraw US troops from Syria and leave the Kurds alone to confront a Turkish offensive after it became known that the Kurdish intelligence gathered the most information to help locate Al-Baghdadi .
Two intelligence officials revealed to the New York Times that it was actually the Syrian and Iraqi Kurds who provided the most information about al-Baghdadi's whereabouts and helped him down.
A satellite view of the al-Baghdad compound at the Barisha village in Syria pictured above
The rubble left after Sunday's raid in Barisha, where & # 39; group associated with the Islamic State Group & # 39; present, pictured above
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