ISIS personality dead: Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi killed in U.S. raid in northwestern Syria, Trump announces today

Washington — Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, a cruel personality of a Islamic State of Syria and Iraq (ISIS) who once tranquil a immeasurable swath of domain and tens of thousands of jihadist fighters, died in a raid by U.S. infantry in northern Syria, bringing a thespian finish to a years-long U.S.-led hunt. 

Addressing a nation on Sunday morning, President Trump pronounced a organisation of U.S. special army targeted al-Baghdadi in a “dangerous and daring” overnight raid. During a operation, a ISIS personality was “crying and screaming” and attempted to rush by a tunnel, a boss said. As U.S. army and dogs approached him, al-Baghdadi detonated a self-murder vest, murdering himself and a organisation of children who he brought with him, according to Mr. Trump. 

“He died like a dog. He died like a coward,” Mr. Trump said, adding that he watched most of a raid in genuine time from a White House Situation Room. 

Mr. Trump pronounced exam formula reliable a temperament of ISIS leader’s body, that he remarkable had been lame by a blast. During a operation, a boss added, U.S. army killed a “large number” of ISIS militants and collected comprehension from a belligerent group. No U.S. use members were killed.


An aerial perspective taken on on Oct 27, 2019 shows a site that was strike by helicopter gunfire that reportedly killed 9 people nearby a northwestern Syrian encampment of Barisha in a Idlib range along a limit with Turkey.

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The Syrian Observatory of Human Rights (SOHR) pronounced a raid took place during a devalue during about 12:30 a.m. internal time to a west of a city of Barisha, a alpine area about 25 miles west of Aleppo unaware a Turkish border. The area is a hotbed of activity by al Qaeda cells in Syria.

SOHR pronounced 8 U.S. gunships and a warrior jet dismissed on targets in a area for about dual hours, with messages bloody over loudspeakers in Arabic propelling those in a devalue to surrender. The organisation pronounced 9 people were killed, including dual women and a child. 

Pressed by reporters, Mr. Trump pronounced a operation to aim al-Baghdadi was not related to his argumentative preference to repel all U.S. infantry from northern Syria. The sudden pierce progressing this month was seen by many Republican and Democratic lawmakers as an abandonment of a U.S. Kurdish allies there. Turkey and associated Arab groups invaded a domain a Kurds acquired in their U.S.-backed quarrel opposite ISIS shortly after a American withdrawal.

The Syrian Defense Forces (SDF), a categorical Kurdish organisation that has fought alongside U.S. army opposite ISIS, hailed a overnight operation on Sunday. “Successful chronological operation due to a corner comprehension work with a United States of America,” pronounced General Mazloum Abdi, a SDF commander.

Al-Baghdadi’s genocide also comes only days after a U.S. announced it would be promulgation additional infantry into Syria to strengthen oil fields from ISIS. 

Islamic State Leader

This picture done from video posted on a belligerent website on Monday, Apr 29, 2019, purports to uncover a personality of ISIS, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, being interviewed by his group’s Al-Furqan media outlet.

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Iraqi and Turkish officials pronounced both countries had common comprehension with a U.S. before to a raid. 

Al-Baghdadi, who has frequency been seen in public, seemed in a video in Apr for a initial time in 5 years. The video showed al-Baghdadi with a fuzzy grey and red brave and seated with a appurtenance gun subsequent to him.  

In Dec 2016, a U.S. State Department lifted a prerogative to $25 million for information on al-Baghdadi, creation him one of a most wanted terrorists in a world

Al-Baghdadi was innate in 1971 and claimed to have been descended from a Prophet Muhammad. After a U.S. advance of Iraq in 2004, al-Baghdadi was incarcerated in a jail stay that became an incubator for jihadis.

Released a year later, he assimilated al Qaeda’s appendage in Iraq, rising to turn a leader, before relocating into a disharmony of Syria’s polite fight and renaming his organisation ISIS.

At a peak, ISIS ruled over an estimated 10 million people in Iraq and Syria, enslaving women and behaving open executions. Although a territorial caliphate ceased to exist progressing this year, there are still as many as 18,000 ISIS members in Iraq and Syria and Kurdish army have pronounced another 12,000 indicted ISIS fighters were imprisoned.  

Margaret Brennan, David Martin, Kathryn Watson, Arden Farhi and Holly Williams contributed to this report. 

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