What The Death Of Its Leader Means For Islamic State

Oct 28, 2019


Despite its franchise-style “pop-up model”, the death of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is a “very positive” moment in the fight against the terror organisation.

US President Donald Trump confirmed the death in a triumphant media appearance over the weekend, saying al-Baghdadi “died like a dog”.

Meanwhile FIVEaa Breakfast’s Will Goodings called the death a “big victory”, and David Penberthy said the terror group would now be weaker for the loss of its leader.

“You wonder what it’s going to do,” Penbo said on Monday. “The old saying about if you want to kill something you’ve got to chop off its head -- and he certainly was the head -- but the extent to which ISIS has become a franchise like pop-up model where people wake up on the wrong side of bed and decide they’re ISIS and go out and do the random lone wolf things we’ve seen…

“Organisations are always stronger if they’ve got some sort of geographic base and to have more than decimated the organisation to the extent they have and now there’s no leadership… it’s very positive.”