Syrian Coalition: Death of ISIS Ringleader ‘Turning Point’ in Fight Against Terror

The Syrian National Coalition has welcomed the killing of Baghdadi, but reminded the international community that Assad must leave.

The Syrian National Coalition said that US President Donald Trump’s announcement of the death of the leader of the Islamic State (ISIS) represents an important chapter in the course of the struggle against terrorism in Syria and the region. 

In a press release issued on Sunday, the Coalition said that, “For the past several years, the Syrian people have been subjected to numerous crimes at the hands of this terrorist group, including mass murder, execution and detention.”

The death of Baghdadi represents an important step on the road to eradicate ISIS and begin to undo the devastation it caused and end the utter chaos it spread, taking into account the organic relationship between this terrorist organization since its inception and the Assad regime,” the Coalition said. 

The Coalition underscored that the Assad regime is the number one sponsor of terrorism in the region. “Indeed, the Assad regime directly supported this organization and others like it; allowing it to grow and fester; and use it to fight the revolution and the Free Syrian Army and to terrorize and intimidate the whole world.” 

The Coalition also stressed that the best way to defeat terrorist organizations in Syria and the region, “comes with the end of the Assad regime and the establishment of just and fair governance.”

The Syrian people strongly reject the existence of any extremist organizations in Syria as they are well aware that they are linked to the Assad regime and that it is responsible for bringing them in, just as it brought Iranian terrorism into the country.”

The Coalition reaffirmed its commitment to the demands of the Syrian people, the rule of law, and addressing the root causes of the chaos in Syria. It said that the restoration of stability to Syria and the region is contingent upon the defeat of tyranny; ending the foreign occupation; and the ousting of all terrorist militias and organizations from Syria.

 

This article was edited by The Syrian Observer. The Syrian Observer has not verified the content of this story. Responsibility for the information and views set out in this article lies entirely with the author.

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