World leaders praise al-Baghdadi’s death, warn fight not over, #resistance rages at Trump for talking to Russia
President Donald Trump cheered the death of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, but not everyone was in a celebratory mood. World leaders were cautiously optimistic, while the anti-Trump #resistance raged as usual.
On Sunday morning Trump revealed that the Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) mastermind had met his demise the night before, detonating a suicide vest as American special forces entered his compound in northwestern Syria. The self-proclaimed caliph of a genocidal terrorist organization that once reigned over much of Iraq and Syria, Baghdadi’s death was greeted with triumph by Trump, and cautious celebration from world leaders.Also on rt.com How the operation to kill ISIS head al-Baghdadi unfolded (PHOTOS, VIDEOS)
"The death of Baghdadi is an important moment in our fight against terror, but the battle against the evil of Daesh is not yet over,” said British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, using a pejorative name for Baghdadi’s organization. Likewise, French Defense Minister Florence Parly hailed the “early retirement for a terrorist, but not for his organisation.”
Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu were equally congratulatory, with both vowing to assist the US in future counter-terrorist operations.Also on rt.com Russian MoD doubts Trump’s announcement of killing ISIS chief al-Baghdadi, rejects claims it assisted US forces in op
Russian officials were more skeptical, with the chairman of the upper house of parliament's foreign affairs committee Konstantin Kosachyov cautioning that the death of Baghdadi had been incorrectly announced five times in the past, and warning that “countering terrorism is a much more difficult task than the physical destruction of its leaders.”
Back in Washington, partisan politics entered the fray. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-California) demanded that the House be briefed on the raid, and complained that “the Russians, but not top congressional leadership were notified.”
#BREAKINGHouse Speaker Nancy #Pelosi issues stmt re: raid that led to the death of #ISIS leader #AbuBakralBaghdadi:"The House must be briefed on this raid, which the Russians but not top Congressional Leadership were notified of in advance."#alBaghdadi#Baghdadipic.twitter.com/z94ozzTHvl— Devon Heinen (@DevonHeinen) October 27, 2019
Russian forces were warned of the raid so that the Americans could fly low through Syrian airspace they control, Trump claimed, although Moscow said there were no US coalition airstrikes in the Idlib area on Saturday and US aircraft were not flying.
Whatever the case, American and Russian forces in Syria have maintained several “deconfliction” lines of communication, and one might assume warning other armies in the area is the right thing to do to avoid inadvertent clashes.
As for Trump opting not to inform Pelosi and the Democrats, he said he wanted to avoid leaks to the media.
The attempt to turn this ISIS killing into the latest McCarthyite round of "Trump-💞-Putin" bullshit is even more pathetic than usual. Of course he told the Russians in advance: THEY NEEDED PERMISSION TO FLY OVER THEIR AIRSPACE along with other cooperation. 🇷🇺🇷🇺🇷🇺— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) October 27, 2019
“There's no country in the world that leaks like we do,” he said, “and Washington is a leaking machine.”
Nevertheless, the anti-Trump crowd hammered the president for “indicating that he trusts Russia with this information more than congressional Democrats,” as the Washington Post wrote. The Post also complained that Trump mentioned Russia in his speech before he mentioned the American intelligence community, as did the Twitter #resistance.
In addressing al-Baghdadi’s suicide bombing, Trump thanked Russia before US Special forces & fetishized the “whimpering, crying, screaming” that preceded his death. Basically a foreign agent pep rally hosted by a small boy allowed to play MA-rated video games for the first time.— Lauren Duca (@laurenduca) October 27, 2019
first country Trump thanked: Russia— John Harwood (@JohnJHarwood) October 27, 2019
This mission is a good thing ... but Trump’s obsession with Russia, repeated praising them as critical to the raid is disturbing on a level I’ve never imagined. What has Moscow got on Trump? It’s insane how slavishly he seeks to reward Putin but block Congress. #alBaghdadihttps://t.co/cZAVuLCOgX— Malcolm Nance (@MalcolmNance) October 27, 2019
Among other bones picked by the #resistance was Trump’s insistence that Baghdadi’s death was a bigger moment than the death of Osama Bin Laden in 2011, under Barack Obama’s leadership.
Trump claiming killing Baghdadi was "bigger" than killing Bin Laden shows how petty and vile Trump is. He will use any moment he can to tell his base that he's better than the dreaded black President they all hated.— (((DeanObeidallah))) (@DeanObeidallah) October 27, 2019
Trump boasting that killing Baghdadi was a much bigger accomplishment than killing Osama Bin Laden just shows how Trump has so much jealousy and contempt for our nation’s first black President, whom he will never measure up to in a million years.— Eugene Gu, MD (@eugenegu) October 27, 2019
I’ve never seen a guy that is more incapable of just taking a win. He will never understand that sometimes less is more.— Michael Avenatti (@MichaelAvenatti) October 27, 2019
CNN’s Jake Tapper, meanwhile, blasted Trump for delaying the start of his news conference by 20 minutes, while Obama started his on time. Par for the course for CNN.
Baghdadi’s death will be mourned by few in America, yet some disagreed with Trump’s graphic depiction of the jihad chief’s final moments, which he said were spent “whimpering and crying and screaming.” According to some, the IS leader, who oversaw genocide, execution, rape and forced religious conversion, deserved a little more respect.Also on rt.com ‘He died like a dog, like a coward!’ Trump describes GRAPHIC death of ISIS leader al-Baghdadi
James Winnefeld, Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff under President Obama, told CBS that Trump “piling humiliation” on Baghdadi after his death was inappropriate.
"If you look back at the Bin Laden raid, we treated his body with respect that is due under Islam," Winnefeld continued, referring to the unceremonious burial at sea given to the 9/11 mastermind following his death at the hands of a Navy SEAL team.
“I think this is what Dems will settle on,” journalist Glenn Greenwald wrote. “Obama's boasting of killing Bin Laden was done with elegance, class and dignity, while Trump's was tacky, crass and unpresidential. What else do they have? It's kind of a metaphor for the general contempt for Trump.”
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