BERLIN—NATO’s secretary-general says the death of ISIS terrorist group’s leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is a “milestone” in the fight against the terrorist group but is cautioning that the struggle is far from over.
NATO’s Jens Stoltenberg told Germany’s Bild newspaper on Sunday that ISIS once controlled a vast area in Syria and Iraq. The international anti-ISIS coalition, of which NATO is a part, needs to “ensure that it doesn’t return.”
Stoltenberg says, “the Islamic State doesn’t have any territory anymore, but it still lives. IS[IS] maintains sleeper cells, secret networks, and is working to come back. Our mission is not yet entirely fulfilled.”
Al-Baghdadi was killed last week in a U.S. raid in Syria. The group has named Abu Ibrahim al-Hashemi Al-Qurayshi as its new leader.