There’s been more of this going around recently. Last month it was the second deputy of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. His name was Assi Ali Mohammed Nasser al-Obeidi, and he was was a top ISIS military commander in western Iraq and eastern Syria, according to a CNN item. The list of those listening intently for the Whispering Death continues to shrink. The most recent to exit saw his last sunset in Libya. According to The Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Airstrikes Target Islamic State in Libya
Training camp west of the capital Tripoli is hit, U.S. officials say
U.S. warplanes struck an Islamic State training camp in Libya on Friday, in an operation that targeted a long-sought senior member of the extremist group, U.S. officials said.
The training camp near Sabratha in western Libya was targeted by F-15 aircraft based in the U.K., and a Tunisian Islamic State “operations officer” known as Noureddine Chouchane was thought to have been killed in the attack, the officials said.
The airstrike was the second against an Islamic State militant outside Iraq and Syria. The first was also in Libya, in November, against Abu Nibal, or Wissam Najm Abd Zayd al Zubayadi, who was an operative of the extremist group. The man was described at the time as a longtime al Qaeda member with links to Islamic State.
The United States and its military allies in the campaign against these soldiers of God are having difficulty eliminating the scourge through the use of twentieth century war strategy. The group tends to embed itself among unaligned civilian populations, rendering frontal armored assault and carpet bombing problematic. Our practice for the past 24 months or so has been to gather sufficient intelligence regarding the whereabouts of select individuals and concentrations of fighters and then showing them the true face of God.
The President, as well as I have, has called this religious cult a “J V team” (junior varsity). I’m not sure what President Obama had in mind, but my reasoning behind this attribution is their complete lack of an industrial base for conducting modern warfare. Unlike the Nazis and the Japanese Empire of World War Two, the religious state must fight exclusively using weapons supplied from outside, either purloined from modern military forces (e.g., the Iraqi army) or else purchased on the black market. Furthermore, since their membership comprises mostly fighters and few others, with no means of generating wealth, purchases must be made largely with stolen funds. There is only so much that will do against forces such as our present alliance. Eventually the army of God is going to find itself governing a pile of rubble.
Additional news of late speaks of the exit of yet another pumped up religious terrorist. Watch for it in a blog post coming soon. And keep reading.