The Pentagon on Friday warned that the leader of the Takfiri group, ISIL, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi will eventually “taste justice”.
“We are hunting him, and we will find him,” military spokesman Colonel Steve Warren said.
“Just like we found his mentor, (Abu Musab) al-Zarqawi and killed him. Just like we found the grand master of terrorism, Osama bin Laden, we killed him. We are going to find Baghdadi, and he will taste justice.”
Warren’s prediction comes after the US-led coalition said it has targeted several senior ISIL leaders in Iraq and Syria in recent weeks, including Abd ar-Rahman Mustafa al-Qaduli — also known as Haji Imam — who was second-in-command of the extremist group.
“I don’t know if that justice will look like a Hellfire missile, or if it will look like a dark prison cell somewhere, but he will find justice one day,” Warren said of Baghdadi.
The US Justice Department had offered a bounty of up to $7 million for information leading to Qaduli. He had been seen as an eventual successor to Baghdadi, for whom a $10 million reward has been offered.
Warren said Baghdadi spends his time in both Iraq and Syria, where the ISIL group seized large areas of territory in 2014.
Pentagon chief Ashton Carter last week said the military was “systematically eliminating” the ISIL group’s leadership.
Omar al-Shishani, the man known as “Omar the Chechen,” who was effectively ISIL’s defense minister, was reportedly also killed last month.