President Trump made a very confident announcement in early March that 100 percent of the ISIS caliphate (Islamic state ruled by an Islamic ruler) had been defeated by the United States military. However, recent events have shown that this statement is not exactly true.
The Sri Lanka Easter bombings that took place on April 21 have left the entire world in an uneasy state of mind, including the U.S. government. Trump’s national security advisor, John Bolton, who dolefully announced on the TV that “the ISIS threat will remain,” unlike the President’s previous statement advertised.
“Trump’s claim that ISIS was defeated was a lie … [He] may not be directly responsible for American deaths in Sri Lanka, but I would ask what he has done to prevent these and future attacks on Americans and our allies,” Doug Lowenthal from Nevada commented on The New York Times’ article “Grief, Anger and Recriminations in Sri Lanka as ISIS Claims It Staged Bomb Attacks.”
The bombing incidents across Sri Lanka were perpetrated by a group of brothers, Imsath Ahmed Ibrahim and Ilham Ahmed Ibrahim. The brothers’ father, Mohamed Ibrahim, is regarded as the founder of the largest spice exporting company in the country, and many saw him as a “normal person” and “businessman.” Following the incident, however, father Ibrahim was one of the 40 people arrested on April 23 for having a connection to the bombings.
When asked about the numbers and identities of the suicide bombers involved, Sri Lanka Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe told the public, “We are making progress, that’s all I could tell you.”
So far, the casualty number of the incident is 321, though that does not include the number of people who were seriously injured. The church that seemed to be hit the hardest was St. Sebastian’s Church in Negombo.
Two days after the bombings, a mass funeral took place at the church, as more than 100 people were killed there. One of the church’s assistant priests, Sanjeewa Appuhamy, was at the church when the bomb blasts went off.
“During our greatest feast, at the end of the Mass [there was] broken glass, dust, all of a sudden covering the church. People were shouting, weeping, we didn’t know what was happening,” Appuhamy shared with CNN.
Several people are claiming that the attacks could have been prevented if Sri Lankan security and military officers had reported the warnings they had received about the possible Easter bombings. The country’s President, Maithripala Sirisena, has assured the nation’s population that many of them will lose their job positions as a result of the negligence and irresponsibility they displayed.
“I must be truthful and admit that there were lapses on the part of defense officials. There was an intelligence report about the attack, but I was not kept informed,” the president admitted.
Apparently there have been a number of recent instances where Presidents were not informed of nation-wide military decisions - first President Trump and now President Sirisena. If the Sri Lankan government did, however, at some point receive a report or warning about the bombing, there must have been some reason they did not take action. Also, Trump had to have known ISIS was not actually defeated unless he, too, was falsely informed.
Source: USA Today