On Sunday, US President Donald Trump announced that the leader of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL or ISIS), Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, has been killed in a clandestine operation executed by US special forces in northwest Syria.
The president thanked the governments of Russia, Turkey, Syria, and Iraq, as well as the Syrian Kurds, for lending support to the US authorities.
The killing of al-Baghdadi, which came just two weeks after Trump ordered the US military to withdraw its forces from Syria could, therefore, be seen as the virtual end of the five-year US campaign against ISIL.
Given the circumstances under which the US is leaving the Middle East, however, it is doubtful that this would mean the end of the armed group. In fact, Trump might be on his way to making the same mistake his predecessor, President Barack Obama, did in 2010.