The world’s number one terrorist is dead.
ISIS leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, took his own life, as our brave U.S. Special Operations forces closed in on the cowardly terrorist leader, in a massive raid that took place in a compound in northern Syria.
In an address to the nation on Sunday, President Trump said that planning for the raid on al-Baghdadi’s compound began two weeks ago when the U.S. gained unspecified intelligence on al-Baghdadi’s whereabouts.
Fox News reports – Unlike the raid in Pakistan in 2011 that led to the death of Osama bin Laden, which was carried out by a small team of U.S. Navy Seals, the raid on al-Baghdadi’s compound was a relatively large assault by U.S. forces with a reported eight military helicopters landing in the Barisha area north of Idlib city — a few kilometers from the Turkish border.
The helicopters flew fast and low to the ground on their approach to the compound, and U.S. forces – between 50 and 70 soldiers from the U.S. Army Delta Force and Rangers – were met with sporadic gunfire. But the president said that no American troops or personnel were killed or injured during the raid, during his Sunday morning announcement at the White House.
Trump said U.S. forces breached the walls of the compound since the doors and other entryways were booby-trapped with explosives. Once inside the compound, the U.S. troops chased al-Baghdadi, along with three of the terrorist group leader’s children, into a “dead-end tunnel.”
Once inside the tunnel, al-Baghdadi set off a suicide vest he was wearing, immediately killing himself and his children, while also partially collapsing the tunnel. Trump said U.S. military dogs chased the terrorist into the tunnel and it was reported that at least one of the dogs was injured during the raid.
“He died after running into a dead-end tunnel, whimpering and crying and screaming,” Trump said. “The thug who tried so hard to intimidate others spent his last moments in utter fear, panic, and dread – terrified of the American Forces bearing down.”
"Last night the United States brought the world's number one terrorist leader to justice."
President @realDonaldTrump confirms that Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al Baghdadi was killed in a US military operation.
— Sky News (@SkyNews) October 27, 2019
During CNN’s coverage of the press conference with President Trump, they showed a reporter asking Trump, “Do you anticipate inviting the Special Forces teams to the White House, afterward?” Trump answered, “Oh, yeah. Of course, they’ll be invited. I don’t know if they’ll want to have their faces shown, to be honest with you. He continued, “They’re incredible for the country, they’re not looking for the…” CNN’s Jake Tapper interrupted the interview, saying, “Alright, as the press conference and announcement turns into lesser matters about who will be invited to the White House to thank them, let’s talk about…”
A punk move, by an ungrateful CNN reporter suffering from TDS (Trump Derangement Syndrome).
— Steven Cheung (@CaliforniaPanda) October 27, 2019