It’s getting harder and harder to find candidates for this series.
Just kidding. Here’s one more:
An Australian man considered a senior recruiter for so-called Islamic State (IS) has been killed in a US air strike in Iraq, Australia’s government says.
Attorney-General George Brandis said US officials had confirmed Neil Prakash was killed in Mosul on Friday.
Prakash, also known as Abu Khaled al-Cambodi, was linked to attack plots in Australia and had appeared in propaganda videos and magazines.
Some 110 Australians are estimated to be fighting for IS in the Middle East.
110, you say? There may be two fewer.
The news report from BBC also noted the death of Shadi Jabar Khalil Mohammad. She was the sister of Farhad Jabar. Jabar was identified as the person who killed Curtis Cheng, a police worker, in Sydney last year. The woman’s husband, Abu Saad al-Sudani was also killed. Like Prakash, he had been a recruiter for the organization known as Daesh.
Daesh has received rough treatment in the world press the past few months over the sending of operatives into Western countries to kill civilians, among others. The group also inspires local residents to carry out such attacks. Daesh would like to remind us that they are carrying out these attacks because Western governments are messing around in Muslim countries and are in defiance of the true God. Western powers would like to remind Daesh that they have a longer and much more successful track record of killing and will likely still be in the business long after Daesh has become a historical footnote. It’s a lesson the three mentioned above were too slow to learn.