It’s the third threat actor, after SunCrypt and RagnarLocker, that adopt the “Triple Extortion” strategy to increase pressure on malware victims.
Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the Isis leader, really died. US confirmed it. Trump: He made the end of the coward, he blew himself up once he was locked in a dead end, killing three of his children
Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the Isis leader, really died this time. US special forces flushed him into a blitz in Syria in the northern area of Idlib province, in the Barisha area. United States confirmed. US president, Donald Trump, in an announcement pointed out that the self-declared Caliph of the Islamic State has made the end of the coward. Locked up in a blind alley in a tunnel, he activated the explosive belt he wore by blowing himself up with three of his children. On the American side, however, the only wounded is a K-9 soldier. The operation against the Daesh founder, however, was also born thanks to the cooperation with Turkey, Russia and Iraq. Ankara allowed commandos helicopters to fly over its airspace to land near the terrorist’s compound. Baghdad probably authorized them to land in the country after the mission.
The US special forces raid took place in Barisha. Eight helicopters flew over Turkey and entered Syria. Perhaps the self-declared Caliph of the Islamic State was about to leave the area. Hence the need to start the blitz immediately and the unexpected resistance faced in the Daesh compound. However similar to that of Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad
According to intelligence sources, eight US military helicopters have entered Syria, passing near the Turkish city of Reyhanli at Kavalcik or Qasr al Banat. Then they landed at Barisha. Here were Al-Baghdadi and and Isis militants. There is no official information, but it is believed that the Islamic State group was inside a compound similar to that of Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad, where the leader of Al Qaeda was killed. It seems, however, there were more jihadists than expected. Not surprisingly, US special forces found themselves facing tough resistance and a violent firefight. It is assumed, but there is no confirmation, that Daesh “Caliph” could be about to leave the area. Hence the presence of many terrorists and the US decision to intervene, before loosing again his trail tracks.
Meanwhile, another Isis high-value commander have been killed in a joint US-SDF raid in Manbij: He was Hassan al-Muhajir, the top al-Baghdadi’s aide and his spokesperson, hit in the same timeframe of the self-declared Caliph
Moreover, there have been another high-value operation in Syria agains Isis leadership. A joint US-SDF raid in Manbij caused the death of al-Baghdadi’s top aide and spokesperson, Hassan al-Muhajir. It’s believed the team hit the target in the same timeframe of the Daesh top leader manhunt in Idlib and then flew away.
Isis suffered a severe blow with the death of al-Baghdadi, but is not dead. There may already be a successor
The death of al-Baghdadi is a hard blow for Isis, who is anyway preparing to react. As President Trump announced, in fact, there are already some Islamic State commanders who could take his place. By the way, he stressed that “the intelligence has already identified them and we are controlling them”. In addition, the 007 are expecting a surge in attempts at high-profile attacks to try to avenge the death of the self-declared Daesh Caliph. However, the operation also confirms another important element: IS is linked to Al Qaeda. The US blitz happened north of Idlib, in a traditionally area of influence of groups linked to the bin Laden network. From the former front of the Nusra, now Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), to other smaller entities. These have a capillary control of the territory and if they had been in competition with Isis, nobody – not even al-Baghdadi – could have been hidden there.
The US raid also confirms that Daesh and al Qaeda are connected. The Caliph could never hide in Idlib without the consent of Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS)
Consequently, it is reasonable to think that there is some sort of agreement or alliance between Isis and Al Qaeda. Moreover, the objectives coincide: to recreate the Caliphate abolished by Ataturk. This with every means, violent in the first place, putting to good use the peculiarities of each of the two sides of the same coin. The network founded by Osama bin Laden has leadership, even more so now that al-Baghdadi has been killed. The Islamic State, on the other hand, has operational and logistic capabilities, as well as technology, developed in recent years on the battlefields from Syria to Iraq, passing through Libya and some Asian countries. A further element supporting the thesis, however, comes from Afghanistan. The Taliban have been forced to negotiate with the US, as supporters of Al Qaeda have ousted the Islamic Emirate from funding. These, however, have been diverted to Isis-Khorasan (ISIS-K), local Daesh Wilayat.