Ben Wallace in Downing Street
Islamic State

Defence Secretary: World Will Not Miss IS Leader Al-Baghdadi

US President Donald Trump confirmed the death of the so-called Islamic State leader at the weekend.

Ben Wallace in Downing Street

Ben Wallace was speaking after the IS leader's death (Picture: NurPhoto/PA).

The Defence Secretary Ben Wallace says the world "will not miss" the deceased leader of so-called Islamic State, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

Making a statement from the White House, US President Donald Trump confirmed the death of the IS leader following the American military raid in north-western Syria.

In his statement, Mr Trump said the IS leader was pursued through a dead-end tunnel, bringing three children with him, following a two-hour raid.

US President Donald Trump and US officials watch footage of Special Forces troops as they target the IS leader (Picture: White House Twitter).

Graphic detail was given in the description of the IS leader's death, who killed himself and three of his children when he detonated an explosive vest.

Mr Wallace said he welcomed the US action against the world's most wanted man.

"ISIS is one of the most murderous terrorist organisations of our generation.

"Their leaders have twisted Islam to groom thousands of people into joining their evil cause."

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said: "The death of Baghdadi is an important moment in our fight against terror but the battle against the evil of Daesh is not yet over.

"We will work with our coalition partners to bring an end to the murderous, barbaric activities of Daesh once and for all."

Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said it was important not to "allow Daesh to glorify" its dead leader.

"The death of Baghdadi is a significant milestone in the coalition's work to defeat Daesh but it is not the end of the threat.

"Daesh has imposed terrible suffering on innocent civilians. The UK will continue to work with our international partners to bring this to an end."

US Secretary of Defense, Mark Esper, tweeted to say: "Al-Baghdadi, who led the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria terrorist movement and inspired one of the most brutal and misguided terror campaigns in modern history, is dead at the hands of the United States military."