On Monday, US President Donald Trump marked Veteran’s Day and placed the ISIS group’s new chief in the crosshairs by celebrating the killing of the ISIS’ former leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
The US Presidents usually celebrate the day near Washington by laying a wreath at a vast military cemetery in Arlington but Trump traveled to New York where he made an address ahead of the city’s annual parade of veterans.
Last month, after Trump announced to withdraw total US troops from Syria, he was widely criticized. Some of the opponents and even some allies anticipated that it could allow ISIS to rebuild as well as leaving US-allied Kurdish fighters vulnerable to a Turkish invasion.
President Trump while giving a speech in New York claimed that the ISIS leadership was running scared in the wake of Baghdadi’s death in a raid in the northwestern Syrian province of Idlib on October 26.
“Just a few weeks ago, American special forces raided the ISIS compound and brought the world’s number one terrorist leader to justice,” he said.
“Thanks to American warriors, al-Baghdadi is dead, his second in charge is dead, we have our eyes on number three.
“His reign of terror is over, and we have our enemies running very, very scared. Those who threaten our people don’t stand a chance against the righteous might of the American military.”
After Trump’s announcement of a full troop withdrawal created uneasiness, he said that he would leave some troops in the region to protect valuable oil fields. In an interview, General Mark Miley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff that the US troop levels in northern Syria would probably stabilize around 500. Trump received a cool reception from some in New York.