President Donald Trump’s decision to bring US troops back home from Syria following “victory” over Daesh was met with condemnation by a number of American and foreign officials, who suggested that the fight against terrorism had not been completed yet.
Donald Trump handed Daesh* a “propaganda victory” that could boost the terrorist group’s efforts to recruit and radicalise people in the UK when he announced the withdrawal of US troops from Syria, Britain’s counter-terror police chief Neil Basu told The Independent.
“The radicalisation of vulnerable people, particularly lone actors and very suggestible, young, malleable or potentially mentally ill people, is still a great threat. You hand ISIS [Daesh] a propaganda victory if you say ‘we’re going to withdraw’, which they took as a sign they were able to say ‘we’ve won’. That can’t be good for us [in Britain]. I would hate for anybody to be complacent enough to think that threat has gone”, the Metropolitan Police assistant commissioner said.
Although Daesh’s propaganda machine has been “tremendously affected” by its losses on the battlefield, it is still able to inspire followers to carry out attacks, Basu said.
“A lot of it still remains out there and accessible. You still have encrypted groups where people can talk to each other”.
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