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Figurehead: ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi (shown in a video released in April) died during a raid on US special units - but his followers continued their online activity

Experts have a & # 39; increase & # 39; noted in pro-ISIS messages on social media after the death of Abu Bakr al-Baghdad.

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The Counter Extremism Project said the jihadists & # 39; regular propaganda & # 39; had posted after the terrorist leader died in a raid on special US forces in Syria.

While some have apparently denied Baghdad's death, others have promised to continue fighting and to warn: "Jihad will never stop even if our own caliph dies."

David Ibsen, project director, said ISIS would undoubtedly use the death of their caliph to expand their online presence.

Figurehead: ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi (shown in a video released in April) died during a raid on US special units - but his followers continued their online activity

Figurehead: ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi (shown in a video released in April) died during a raid on US special units – but his followers continued their online activity

On Telegram, a messaging service, the Amaq news agency associated with ISIS has continued to post claims of attacks in the Middle East.

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However, there is no comment from official ISIS channels on the death of Baghdad.

Speak against The national, Ibsen said: “Official ISIS news channels have regularly posted propaganda, including stories about attacks by ISIS hunters around the world and photos of captured weapons.

& # 39; Individuals in pro-ISIS chats on Telegram have insisted on being patient and warning users to believe non-ISIS media or to spread rumors.

& # 39; Some chat room participants discussed the concepts of martyrdom and perseverance and reversed their support for ISIS. & # 39;

Baghdadi died during an attack by US special forces on his compound in Syria, President Donald Trump announced on Sunday.

The Counter Extremism Project said his death was a & # 39; blow & # 39; for the terror group, but warned that his followers remained strong.

& # 39; Despite the loss of Baghdadi, ISIS remains active in the Middle East and beyond, & # 39 ;, they said in a statement.

Tight security: a Kurdish hunter guards ISIS prisoners in a camp in Syria. Thousands of jihadists are being held in the country and there is fear of riots or attacks
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Tight security: a Kurdish hunter guards ISIS prisoners in a camp in Syria. Thousands of jihadists are being held in the country and there is fear of riots or attacks

Tight security: a Kurdish hunter guards ISIS prisoners in a camp in Syria. Thousands of jihadists are being held in the country and there is fear of riots or attacks

& # 39; US. intelligence reports claimed that at the time of Baghdad's death, ISIS still had up to 18,000 hunters in Iraq and Syria. & # 39;

The operation against Baghdadi has already led to fear of revenge attacks by supporters of the terrorist leader.

A military operation led by Kurdish hunters in the Syrian Democratic Forces reduced the so-called & # 39; caliphate & # 39; from Baghdad earlier this year to nothing.

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However, Baghdadi was generally seen as a figurehead rather than a daily leader and his followers are still capable of attacking.

Small units of hunters have since gone underground and continued to carry out guerrilla-like attacks in the region.

Security has been tightened in ISIS prisons in northern Syria, where Kurdish guards & # 39; very alert & # 39; would be.

Baghdadi had urged his followers in the last weeks of his life to break ISIS fanatics out of prison.

There is also fear that & # 39; sleeping cells & # 39; Reprisals will be performed around the world, and Britain and France have both stepped up security.

Detained: ISIS prisoners sit on the ground in a camp in northern Syria on Saturday - some of the tens of thousands of detainees are being held by Kurdish hunters
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Detained: ISIS prisoners sit on the ground in a camp in northern Syria on Saturday - some of the tens of thousands of detainees are being held by Kurdish hunters

Detained: ISIS prisoners sit on the ground in a camp in northern Syria on Saturday – some of the tens of thousands of detainees are being held by Kurdish hunters

More than 10,000 ISIS prisoners are being held in Syria, while about 70,000 people live in another camp, mostly family members of extremists.

The fear of security was already greater after the invasion of Turkey into northern Syria caused chaos in the region.

Kurdish guards were summoned from the camps to ward off the Turkish attack and an American official said 100 ISIS prisoners had already escaped.

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Trump, however, quickly insisted that some of the escaped prisoners had already been recaptured.

A former American diplomat appointed by Barack Obama warned that Trump & vivid description of Baghdad's death could lead to reprisals.

Dana Shell Smith, the former US ambassador to Qatar, said the president's story about dogs that chased the ISIS leader until his death, & # 39; gruesome, lively and probably exaggerated & # 39; used to be.

Accusing Trump of & # 39; joy in death as terrorists do & # 39 ;, she warned that his & # 39; horrible & # 39; would harm American relations in the region.

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