On Sunday, Donald Trump confirmed that Daesh* leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi had been killed in a US attack at his hiding place in Syria, adding that he “died like a dog, like a coward”.
The problem of the terrorist group Daesh* and the jihadist cause in general is far from being solved even as its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has been confirmed dead, Sweden’s leading terrorism researcher Magnus Ranstorp of the National Defence College, warned, predicting a “Daesh 3.0” with new leaders.
With the death of al-Baghdadi who at one point proclaimed himself “Caliph over all Muslims”, the terrorist organisation, which previously lost its so-called caliphate in Syria and Iraq, suffered yet another major setback, but is far from being completely defeated, he stressed.
“It’s not based on a single leader. There have been many of them. They do not depend on Baghdadi being alive, but of course it’s a setback. Still, they are far from defeated, though Trump will probably use it in the election campaign and claim that [Daesh] is completely knocked out. They are not”, Magnus Ranstorp warned in an interview with Norwegian broadcaster NRK.
“Daesh will resurface. There will be a Daesh 3.0 with new leadership. New leaders are waiting in the background, and will take over”, Ranstorp stressed.
According to Ranstorp, Daesh already began to prepare for threats to the “caliphate” in 2015 by spreading out its leadership and establishing new units. He also emphasised that the…