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Al-Baghdadi raid was a victory built on factors Donald Trump derides

To Trump, the death of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was proof of the wisdom of his strategy of defending America at home without committing US forces to "endless wars" abroad.

This image made from video posted on a militant website on Monday purports to show the leader of the Islamic State group, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, being interviewed by his group’s  Al-Furqan media outlet	 PHOTO: AP/PTI
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This image made from video posted on a militant website on Monday purports to show the leader of the Islamic State group, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, being interviewed by his group’s Al-Furqan media outlet | Photo: AP/PTI

David E. Sanger | NYT Washington
The death of the Islamic State’s leader in a daring nighttime raid vindicated the value of three traditional American strengths: robust alliances, faith in intelligence agencies and the projection of military power around the world.

But President Trump has regularly derided the first two. And even as he claimed a significant national security victory on Sunday, the outcome of the raid did little to quell doubts about the wisdom of his push to reduce the United States military presence in Syria at a time when terrorist threats continue to develop in the region.

Trump has long viewed the

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First Published: Oct 30 2019 | 2:17 AM IST

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