Eliminating Al-Baghdadi Won’t Bring an End to ‘Daeshism’ – Iranian Gov’t Spokesman

Middle East

POTUS Trump said on Sunday that the US military had succeeded in hunting down the elusive Daesh leader, whose death has incidentally been reported multiple times since the manhunt for him kicked off in 2014. Although the announcement has been hailed by the international community, including Iraq and Turkey, it has been questioned by Russia.

Commenting on the reports that the US managed to kill Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the Daesh (ISIL) Takfiri terrorist group, Iranian government spokesman Ali Rabiei said that “just as al-Qaeda founder Bin Laden’s death did not eradicate the roots of terror, the death of elusive Daesh leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi would not put an end to ‘Daeshism’”.

“Iran, with its World Against Violence and Extremism plan, is at the forefront of combating Daesh and promoting a diplomatic, strategic and ideological approach against Daeshism”, Ali Rabiei, noted lashing out at “the US support for despotism” as one of the root causes of the current situation in the region: “Terrorism in the Middle East and northern Africa stems from military policies, oil money, and the US support for despotism”, he commented.

“The Daeshism foundation will not be destroyed by bombs and missiles as long as regional petrodollars and Takfiri ideology exist”, Rabiei said, adding that the latter must be eradicated first.

On 27 October, US President Donald Trump announced that al-Baghdadi had…

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