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Death of Daesh leader important step: Japan spokesman

"The fight against extremism has not ended yet, so efforts to prevent the Islamic State group from re-emerging and extremism from spreading around the world must be continued," Matsuno also said. (AFP)
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04 Feb 2022 02:02:20 GMT9
04 Feb 2022 02:02:20 GMT9

TOKYO: Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Hirokazu Matsuno on Friday noted the significance of the death of Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Qurayshi, the leader of the Daesh extremist group.

The death of the Daesh leader, announced by the U.S. government Thursday, is “an important step toward peace and stability in the Middle East, following the death (in October 2019) of the previous leader of the group, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi,” the top Japanese government spokesman said at a press conference.

“We highly rate (the latest development) as one of the achievements in the international fight against extremism,” Matsuno added.

“The fight against extremism has not ended yet, so efforts to prevent the Daesh group from re-emerging and extremism from spreading around the world must be continued,” Matsuno also said. “We will work (on the challenge) in cooperation with the international community,” he said.

U.S. President Joe Biden on Thursday announced the death of Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Qurayshi as a result of a counterterrorism operation by the U.S. military in northeastern Syria. The Daesh leader “chose to blow himself up,” taking several members of his family with him, Biden said.

JIJI Press

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