killed in US raid in Syria,
26 October, 2019
US President Donald Trump has announced that Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was killed during a US military raid in northwest Syria, confirming an avalanche of rumors on the terrorist’s death.
“accomplished the mission in grand style,” while the IS leader met his end “crying and screaming” due to being terrified by Americans might, Trump boasted.
The IS leader and his children died on site, Trump confirmed, saying the body of the notorious militant "was mutilated", but the tests allowed to identify him.
“many” of al-Baghdadi’s fighters and associates were killed. Washington also obtained “highly sensitive materials,” which will reveal a lot about IS activities and future plans, Trump said.
“great cooperation” with Russia during the op as Moscow opened up the airspace under its control in Syria to American planes when Washington asked for it. The US has been after al-Baghdadi for many years, but was only able to scope out his whereabouts a few weeks ago, he said.
Somewhat raining on Trump’s parade, US Defense Secretary Mark Esper said later on Sunday that the death alone cannot eradicate the ideology that inspires Islamic State group. According to his French counterpart, Florence Parly, the American operaion was an "early retirement for a terrorist, but not for his organisation."
“an even more potentially dangerous thing,” Maloof said. The two groups used to be enemies due to al-Baghdadi falling out with Al-Qaeda leader, Ayman al-Zawahiri, but now this obstacle has been removed by the US.