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ISIS agitprop internet videos extolled these crimes as proof of the group&rsquo;s invincibility.<br />\n Mass rapist: The rape and torture of Yazidi women in Iraq&rsquo;s Sinjar region wasn&rsquo;t the only example, but it was notorious. Forgot about those women? The survivors have not forgotten.<br />\n Savage torturer: so many examples, beheading journalists and Iraqi soldiers among them. The incineration of Jordanian Air Force pilot Muath al-Kasasbeh epitomized barbaric cruelty. ISIS killers locked him in a metal cage and burned him to death. This &ldquo;snuff video&rdquo; became a recruiting ad that told Arabs who opposed ISIS: &ldquo;We are invincible, and you are helpless. Surrender, or die burning in a cage, with a video of your death posted on YouTube.&rdquo;<br />\n Mass murderer: In June 2014 in Tikrit, Iraq, ISIS executed 1,700 captured Iraqi Army soldiers, the majority Shia Muslims.<br />\n ISIS&rsquo; Sunni terrorists did not grant Iraqi Shia soldiers Geneva Convention protection. The Tikrit atrocity demonstrates (again) why terrorists are illegal combatants without Geneva Convention rights. Recall when the American left&rsquo;s grandiose media wailed and called jailing al-Qaida terrorists at Guantanamo Bay torture. In retrospect, it was shameful Beltway brawling. Tarring the Bush administration was the left&rsquo;s goal.<br />\n Slaver: ISIS thugs took hundreds of Yazidi women as sex slaves. Al-Baghdadi had at least one. Many Yazidi women died in slavery. However, Yazidi Nadia Murad survived slavery and later won a Nobel Prize for her activism.<br />\n American aid worker Kayla Mueller belonged to an ecumenical Christian group. In 2013, ISIS captured her in Syria. She was tortured, enslaved and, in 2015, murdered. A photo sent from ISIS to her family showed her with facial bruises and wearing a black hijab.<br />\n From al-Baghdadi&rsquo;s perspective. Mueller&rsquo;s photo was terrifying, sexually swaggering propaganda. Then-President Barack Obama sent condolences to Mueller&rsquo;s parents.<br />\n But in 2019, the Pentagon named the operation to arrest or kill al-Baghdadi Operation Kayla Mueller.<br />\n Due to Beltway brawling, that name has received little notice. However, it puts a woman who&rsquo;d been raped, a dead lady&rsquo;s face, on the Delta Force assault and signals that the U.S. military attack on al-Baghdadi and his henchmen sought personal justice for the slaughter of an innocent human being who came to Syria to aid refugees.<br />\n This is information warfare kudos to the Pentagon and Trump administration, for at some psycho core, zealot killer creeps like al-Baghdadi think they are untouchable. Like Osama bin Laden, al-Baghdadi thought he had divine sanction. There&rsquo;s a good chance he told followers that his personal survival indicated that ISIS&rsquo; loss of territorial caliphate was a temporary setback.<br />\n Al-Qaida and ISIS both possess a dark genius that must be challenged. As information warriors, they link the Muslim world&rsquo;s angry, humiliated and isolated young men to a utopian fantasy extolling the virtues of violence. They appeal to perceived grievance. Al-Qaida&rsquo;s 9/11 attacks and ISIS&rsquo; territorial caliphate made them global information powers.</p>\n<p> ISIS CONTINUES to cast itself as a global social media power, using Facebook and Twitter to reach millions of young Muslims worldwide.<br />\n After Delta Force nailed al-Baghdadi, President Trump used Twitter and television to attack al-Baghdadi&rsquo;s arrogance, swagger and narrative of invincibility. Trump said: &ldquo;He died after running into a dead-end tunnel. ... The thug who tried so hard to intimidate others spent his last moments in utter fear, in total panic and dread.&rdquo; The ghoul detonated a suicide vest, killing himself and three of his children.<br />\n Trump targeted potential recruits the fanatic might inspire: &ldquo;(I)t&rsquo;s something that should be brought out so that his followers and all of these young kids that want to leave various countries ... see how he died. ... He didn&rsquo;t die a hero. He died a coward &mdash; crying, whimpering, screaming.&rdquo;<br />\n Overblown language, a &ldquo;yuge&rdquo; exaggeration? Perhaps, but useful, strategic information warfare. Trump&rsquo;s global damning damages al-Baghdadi as a terrorist icon.<br />\n In comparison, the Washington Post&rsquo;s coddling in its now-changed headline &ldquo;Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, austere religious scholar at helm of Islamic State, dies at 48&rdquo; was a depraved distortion of reality that undermines anti-terror efforts.<br />\n One Muslim isn&rsquo;t coddling al-Baghdadi. In a Voice of America interview, Safi al-Kasasbeh, the Jordanian pilot&rsquo;s father, said (as translated in English), &ldquo;I want to congratulate all Muslims, including myself for getting rid of this virus (Baghdadi), which has spread to the Arab body.&rdquo;</p>\n<p> NOBEL PRIZE winner Nadia Murad took her war to Twitter: &ldquo;Al-Baghdadi died as he lived &mdash; a coward using children as a shield. 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Al-Baghdadi’s death as counterterror information warfare

ISIS: October 30, 2019

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