A return of ISIS could be on the horizon following the death of the terror cult's leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
Sick fanatic Al-Baghdadi died "whimpering and screaming" in a compound in northern Syria after being surrounded by American forces, US President Donald Trump said today.
His death brings to an end a manhunt that has spanned years to take down one of the most brutal and feared terrorists in the world.
Brutal acts that al-Baghdadi was responsible for include the beheadings of U.S. journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff to the burning alive of the Jordanian pilot in a metal cage to the death of American aid worker Kayla Mueller , who Baghdadi repeatedly raped and eventually killed.
Trump described how US special forces — none of whom were hurt or killed in the operation — secured the compound, removing 11 children from harm’s way and chasing Baghdadi into a tunnel in the compound.
Trump added that Baghdadi "died like a dog, like a coward, the world is now a much safer place" after detonating a suicide vest.
But there could be an unintended consequence of taking down the bloodthirsty terror leader.
According to the non-profit organisation the Clarion Project, which educates people about radical Islam, the death of Baghdadi could pave the way for an ISIS resurgence.
Trump recently pulled US forces out of Syria, which allowed Turkey to march into the wartorn country and launch attacks on Kurdish fighters and civilians.
A result of this was that a number of ISIS prisoners being held prisoner in the region by Kurdish forces were allowed to flee as Kurds were forced to defend themselves against the Turkish onslaught.
Kurds have now withdrawn from the area following a US-negotiated ceasefire – possibly paving the way for ISIS to return and build power once more.
An estimated 10,000 ISIS fighters and 100,000 family members could now be set free to rebuild and reorganise as both the US and Kurdish forces leave the region.
Some of these fanatics could even seek to return to their country of origin and perpetrate attacks in western countries.
Shireen Qudosi, of the Clarion Project, said a whole new generation of young fanatics may be in the region seeking to re-form and grow ISIS' evil influence again.
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"We’ve seen the most depraved psychopathy come forward through ISIS. Contrary to what many people think, the type of people who have flocked to ISIS and have in some cases even submitted their resumes and are not Third World desperados," she said.
"Some of these people have come from education and privilege, wealthy families, some born as white Christians in the US working day jobs as school teachers.
"It is terrifying to think that right now we have a whole generation of children born to ISIS fighters, children who are in depraved conditions who will grow up with severe mental health issues and be conditioned toward sociopathy at a young age.
"What does a generation of terror look like when those children take the helm?"
- Donald Trump
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