first published on May 21, 2018 by Will
Daesh leadership continues to crumble as the US-led Operation Roundup crushes the encircled terror group along the Euphrates River.
Several top Daesh leaders have been killed or captured in recent days, and it is believed by some that top terror leader Baghdadi will soon be on that list of ‘slain or detained’ as well.
On May 1, 2018, the US team of Operation Inherent Resolve, the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), and the Iraqi military began Operation Roundup by isolating and intensifying strikes and raids on the last remaining Daesh stronghold east of the Euphrates in Syria.
Since that time, at least 132 precision strikes into Daesh held areas have been absolutely pulverizing the dwindling numbers and infrastructure of the murderous terror organization.
In 2016, the reward for Baghdadi’s capture or kill was raised from $10 million to $25 million, and although multiple reports of his death have surfaced over the past few years, he is still reported to be alive and hiding in the last remaining pockets of Daesh resistance that are currently being routed by CJT-OIR.
If Baghdadi is still alive and trapped like a rat in Syria, the question arises as to whether he is worth capturing alive or simply terminating from existence. He will be certainly trying to escape, and the Russians would love nothing more than to capture him themselves should he try to shoot across the river. Likewise, the Turks will be maxing out their intelligence apparatus to bring him under their control. Time will tell.