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Former US Nato commander warns ISIS will accelerate planned attacks after the death of its leader

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‘ISIS is coming back’: Former US Nato commander warns that the terror network will accelerate planned attacks after the death of its leader and will target Christmas markets

  • Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was killed in a raid Saturday in Syria
  • Retired admiral James Stavridis said he now expects Christmas markets ‘to be a rich target of revenge for his death’, saying: ‘ISIS is not a single individual’
  • ‘Just like winter is coming, the Islamic state is coming back’, he warned Monday
  • Stavridis predicted ISIS will now ‘accelerate operations they have in the pipeline’
  • Trump said Sunday that U.S. forces had hit the hiding place of Al-Baghdadi
  • Stavridis said he had an ‘overwhelming sense of approval for this action’
  • He also paid tribute to the Kurds ‘who were absolutely central to this moment’

A former US Nato commander warned Monday that the terror network will likely accelerate planned attacks after the death of its leader and may look to target Christmas markets in their assault.

Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi, 48, killed himself and three children by deploying his suicide vest as U.S. Special Ops forces raided his hideaway in Idlib, northwest Syria on Saturday. 

Retired admiral James Stavridis told the Today show Monday he is ‘very concerned as the holiday season comes’ and expects Christmas markets ‘to be a rich target of revenge’ for his death.  

In a stark warning the former US Navy Supreme Allied Commander at Nato said: ‘ISIS is not a single individual, unfortunately. 

‘If it were, this would be over. It’s not. Just like winter is coming, the Islamic state is coming back.’

He added: ‘Unfortunately, I would predict just as we accelerated an operation that was in the pipeline to take Baghdadi, they will accelerate operations they have in the pipeline, particularly targeting Europe, I would guess.’

Former US Nato commander James Stavridis warned Monday that the terror network will likely accelerate planned attacks after the death of its leader and may look to target Christmas markets in their assault. Stavridis said he is 'very concerned as the holiday season comes'

Former US Nato commander James Stavridis warned Monday that the terror network will likely accelerate planned attacks after the death of its leader and may look to target Christmas markets in their assault. Stavridis said he is ‘very concerned as the holiday season comes’

Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi, pictured, killed himself and three children by deploying his suicide vest as U.S. Special Ops forces raided his hideaway in Idlib, northwest Syria on Saturday

Donald Trump announced Sunday that U.S. forces had hit the hiding place of the Islamic State leader.  

Speaking of the moment he heard Al-Baghdadi had been killed Stavridis said he had an ‘overwhelming sense of approval for this action’.

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He added: ‘Particularly the superb work of our special operations teams, the conventional forces that backed them up, that moved them, that get them to the objective and indeed, the work of the intelligence community, the CIA, the national security agency, our satellite.’

Stavridis said he also felt a ‘feeling of thanks to the Kurds who were absolutely central to this moment’, adding ‘the big strategic picture is we need to work with our allies’. 

He said: ‘Unfortunately our Kurdish allies who have been with us every step of the way are feeling bruised and rejected because of our departure and the president’s competents that were done with this region of the world. 

‘As a result, it is unlikely in my view that we’re going to see the level of cooperation that enabled this Baghdadi raid to occur again.’

 Stavridis added: ‘That is why we ought to celebrate the death of Baghdadi, ISIS will come back in some form, but the big strategic picture here is we need to work with our allies, partners and friends in the region if we’re going to continue to construct a coherent strategy to go after the islamic state. Good to have you perspective.’ 

The president is facing renewed criticism for his decision to withdraw U.S. Troops from Syria and leave the Kurds to confront a Turkish offensive alone after it was revealed Kurdish intelligence gathered the most information to help locate Al-Baghdadi. 

Two intelligence officials revealed to the New York Times it was actually Syrian and Iraqi Kurds who provided the most information about al-Baghdadi’s whereabouts and were instrumental in bringing him down. 

A satellite view of al-Baghdadi's compound near the village of Barisha in Syria pictured above

A satellite view of al-Baghdadi’s compound near the village of Barisha in Syria pictured above 

The rubble left in the wake of Sunday's raid in Barisha where 'group linked to the Islamic State group' were present pictured above

The rubble left in the wake of Sunday’s raid in Barisha where ‘group linked to the Islamic State group’ were present pictured above



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