The leader of the Islamic State (IS) group Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has been killed in a United States military operation in northwest Syria, President Donald Trump has said.
Trump confirmed report that al-Baghdadi detonated his suicide vest during a raid by special forces late on Saturday.
Trump in a live address from the White House said, “Al-Baghdadi has been killed… in a daring nighttime raid.”
Last night, the United States brought the world's number one terrorist leader to justice. President @realDonaldTrump addresses the death of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the founder and leader of ISIS. Full remarks: https://t.co/3ucibNVOU8 | More: https://t.co/b4fBx9qyY6 pic.twitter.com/odrheyNRtc
— Department of State (@StateDept) October 27, 2019
“The US troops involved in the elimination of the terrorist “accomplished the mission in grand style.”
“The IS leader met his end “crying and screaming” due to being terrified by Americans might.”
Military choppers and even drones provided air cover as US special forces engaged targets on the ground in Idlib province – the last major terrorist stronghold in the country.
Al-Baghdadi escaped to a tunnel dug under his hideout and took three of his young children. He was chased by the dogs and when he reached the dead end the terrorist detonated the suicide vest he was wearing.
Trump said the IS leader and his children died on site, saying the body of the notorious militant “was mutilated”, but the tests allowed to identify him.