Today, President Trump held a press conference at the White House. The only item on agenda was the raid which resulted in the death of notorious Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in Syria’s Idlib province. President Donald Trump confirmed that al-Baghdadi was killed. He also said that the blew himself up soon as he realized he was being cornered by U.S. special operations forces in an operation in northwest Syria late Saturday.
Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the front face of the ISIS, who once controlled caliphate stretching from Iraq to Syria, rose to the top of the terrorist group in 2014. According to President Trump, he has been a “top priority” target of his administration. Trump warned young potential followers of ISIS that should they follow in Baghdadi’s radical footsteps, they will meet the same brutal end.
“Last night the United States brought the world’s #1 terrorist leader to justice. Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is dead,” Trump began.
Amid the special forces operation, al-Baghdadi detonated a suicide vest alongside several young children he had grabbed to use as human shields, according to Donald Trump.
“He was a sick and depraved man, and now he’s gone. Baghdadi was vicious and violent and he died in a vicious and violent way,” Trump said Sunday. “He was whimpering and crying and screaming all the way.”
The military details of the operations suggested that no U.S. personnel were killed in the operation although Trump noted a search dog (K-9) was injured during the operation Saturday. Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s body was “mutilated by the blast” of his suicide vest after being cornered inside a “dead-end” tunnel in northern Syria. Trump said the tunnel collapsed on Baghdadi’s body, but he noted he was identified by DNA testing done on-site.
The tunnel was blocked by Delta Force operators who tried to convince the terror leader to surrender, but instead of surrender, he killed himself alongside his children.