ISIS terrorists killed 11 hostages, 10 of them Christians, on Christmas Day in revenge for the death of their bosses in Iraq and Syria.
According to a video released by the criminals, this was intended to avenge Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and Abul-Hasan Al-Muhajir, the leaders killed by U.S. special forces on Oct. 26 and 27, respectively, the Daily Mail reported.
Another video released Dec. 17, showed the hostages begging the Christian Association of Nigeria to negotiate their release.
Al-Baghdadi’s death was considered more significant by Afghan President Ashraf Ghani than Osama bin-Laden’s death, according to the White House.
Ghani said this on Nov. 28 to President Donald Trump during the latter’s visit to his country to greet the troops stationed there.
The body of the terrorist leader was thrown into the sea to prevent an eventual tomb from becoming a shrine and a place of pilgrimage for his followers.
U.S. armed forces were satisfied with the death of the founder and leader of ISIS, which crowns a campaign of years to end the Sunni jihadist movement, which at one point created a “caliphate” in swathes of Iraq and Syria.
“His death marks a devastating blow to ISIS,” said U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper, according to the U.S. Department of Defense.
The security situation in Syria remains complex, Esper said.
“As we have learned from our recent history in the Middle East, it is very easy to get drawn into continued conflict if our objectives are not clear,” he said.
“Acting as a police force out to solve every dispute is not our mission. Our mission in Syria today remains the same as when we began operations in 2014: to enable the enduring defeat of ISIS,” added Esper.