Less than a week after ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was killed during a US raid on a compound in Idlib, northwest of Syria, about four miles from the Turkish border, General Mackenzie, who led the mission, said: "Despite his death, the terrorist organization remains Serious. "
"ISIS is likely to try to launch a retaliatory attack," General Kenneth Mackenzie was quoted as saying by United Press International.
"They will be dangerous. We think they will try to take revenge for the killing of their leader, and we are ready for that," he told a news conference.
On the fate of ISIS, he explained, "Since ISIS is first and foremost an ideology, its total elimination in the long term will not be done by eliminating its leaders. We do not see a bloodless future, because unfortunately this ideology will exist, but we believe there is a way to reach A point where ISIS will be less effective over time. "