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NATO Chief: Isis Leader’s Death a ‘Milestone’ in Fight

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Sun, 03 Nov 2019 14:30 GMT

Nato’s secretary general Jens Stoltenberg has described the death of Isis leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi as a "milestone" in the fight against the extremist group, though cautioning that the struggle is far from over, AP has reported.

Stoltenberg stated on Sunday November 3rd that Isis once controlled a vast area in Syria and Iraq, and the international anti-Isis coalition, of which Nato is a part, needs to "ensure that it doesn't return," according to Germany's Bild newspaper interview.

Stoltenberg added, "the Isis state doesn't have any territory anymore, but it still lives. Isis maintains sleeper cells, secret networks and is working to come back. Our mission is not yet entirely fulfilled."

Al-Baghdadi was killed on Sunday October 27th, in a US raid in Syria. The group has named Abu Ibrahim al-Hashemi Al-Qurayshi as its new leader.


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