Will Baghdadi’s death affect the war on ISIL?


Youths in Najaf, Iraq, watching news on Sunday about the death of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the Islamic State leader. (PHOTO: Alaa Al-Marjani/Reuters)

After being hunted for more than a decade, the U.S. says it has killed Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi – head of the Islamic State – during a Saturday raid in Syria.

President Trump, and other world leaders, have hailed the event as a major strike against the terror organization. But how much impact will Baghdadi’s death have on ISIL moving forward? Are they truly on the decline – or merely laying dormant.

With us to talk about the killing of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi – and what it means for the global fight on terror – is Ruwan Al-Rejoleh. She’s Founder of TawasolCom, a geopolitical consultancy based in Washington, DC.