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Column: Baghdadi Is Dead, Not the IS

By Ashutosh Mishra

Bhubaneswar: Islamic State (IS) chief, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi might have killed himself by detonating a suicide vest to keep away from seize by the US forces inside a tunnel in Syria on October 26 however his violent legacy remains to be being mentioned amidst fears that his followers might quickly re-group themselves beneath a brand new chief. The IS, not at all, is useless.

Baghdadi, who grew up studying the Koran from his father at a mosque in Samara to the north of Baghdad, needed to determine a caliphate that will embody the entire of Syria and Iraq and even prolong past that. The jihadists skilled by him had been taught to organize for the ultimate battle in opposition to the ‘forces of evil’ that will usher within the new and simply world order, simply in the way in which he thought it to be. However he died together with his dream in a dead-end tunnel and in addition took with him two harmless youngsters who knew nothing of his conflict.

His demise marks the tip of an period of unmitigated terror however the IS continues to exist although with much-reduced energy and affect. If stories in a bit of European media are to be believed the organisation remains to be finishing up low-level operations in Syria and Iraq and extorting cash from civilians to maintain itself afloat. An important issue that will assist it survive and maybe additionally re-emerge as a potent menace to the remainder of the world is the rampant corruption within the international locations of its origin that appears to have made the incumbent governments extraordinarily unpopular.

The massive query is who will succeed Baghdadi who had a vice-like grip on his organisation? It could take time for somebody of his stature and charisma to emerge. However what is clear is that the IS as a substitute of fading away is eager to re-build by recruiting new ‘jihadis’ and planning new strikes.

For this, it might must make full use of sources on the command of its franchises in international locations like Turkey, Nigeria and Afghanistan. In reality, authorities in Turkey are nonetheless bracing themselves for retaliatory strikes from the IS because the raid that killed Baghdadi passed off only a few kilometres from the Turkish border in part of Syria that’s closely influenced by Turkey.

So the concern of the IS revival continues to hang-out not solely Syria and Iraq but additionally many different international locations the place the organisation both had its franchises or which suffered due to it when it comes to lack of human lives. From that viewpoint celebrations within the US following Baghdadi’s tunnel killing have been quite untimely. They killed him however his deadly legacy lives on. If and when the IS succeeds in resurrecting itself and there emerges a successor to the common-or-garden cleric who became the world’s most dreaded terrorist the world would discover itself confronting a menace that will be extraordinarily tough to cope with.

(DISCLAIMER: That is an opinion piece. The views expressed are writer’s personal and don’t have anything to do with OTV’s constitution or views. OTV doesn’t assume any accountability or legal responsibility for a similar)

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