“He died like a dog. He died like a coward. The world is now a much safer place,” Trump said announcing the death of ISIS leader and founder Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
“Baghdadi’s demise demonstrates America’s relentless pursuit of terrorist leaders,” Trump said. “He was a sick and depraved man, and now he’s gone.”
This is a big development in the ongoing war on terror.
From NPR: President Trump says that Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the Islamic State, has been killed in a U.S. Special Operations mission in northwestern Syria.
“The United States has been searching for al-Baghdadi for many years. Capturing or killing al-Baghdadi, has been the top national security priority of my administration,” Trump said on Sunday morning.
“He was a sick and depraved man, and now he’s gone,” Trump said.
War monitoring group the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says U.S. forces attacked ISIS targets overnight in northwest Syria, leaving at least nine people dead.
Trump hinted that the announcement was coming Saturday evening, tweeting: “Something very big has just happened!”
The White Helmets, a group of volunteer rescue workers who have operated in the Syrian civil war, provided NPR with a video of what the group says was the site of the attack, including rubble surrounding what appeared to be a large bomb crater.
A rescue worker told NPR about 10 bodies were recovered from the site.
The Observatory says eight helicopters and a warplane belonging to U.S.-led coalition forces fighting ISIS struck an area north of the Syrian city of Idlib, close to the Turkish border. Heavy strikes targeted ISIS positions for about two hours, with militants firing back at helicopters. The group says many people were wounded in the attack.
— Team Trump (@TeamTrump) October 27, 2019
ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi died like a coward thanks to the leadership of President Trump and our brave military. A great victory for America and the world. ??????
— Sarah Huckabee Sanders (@SarahHuckabee) October 27, 2019