President Trump confirmed Sunday that ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi died during U.S. military operations in Syria. During a White House press conference, the president announced Baghdadi died following a special raid in the northwestern Syrian province of Idlib overnight.
“Last night, the United States brought the world’s number one terrorist leader to justice,” stated President Trump. “He was the founder and leader of ISIS, the most ruthless and violent terror organization in the world.” [RELATED: Rep. Barbara Lee Claims ‘We Need the U.N.’ to MONITOR the 2020 Elections [Video]
The president said Baghdadi “died like a coward” while hiding in a dead-end tunnel in a compound by Syria’s border with Turkey. He said the terrorist took his own life — and the lives of his three kids — by detonating a suicide vest when he realized he was trapped.
President Trump confirmed that no U.S. personnel were lost during the operation, but said many of Baghdadi’s fighters and companions were killed. He said U.S. fighters did a phenomenal job in the operation and emphasized that the take-down of Baghdadi has been a huge priority for his administration. [RELATED: BREAKING: GOP Sen. Graham Introduces Resolution That Will Trigger The Democrats For Sure]
“The United States has been searching for Baghdadi for many years,” stated President Trump. “Capturing or killing Baghdadi has been the top national security priority of my administration.”
Last week, the president approved the top-secret mission into the Idlib province. DNA evidence was collected from al Baghdadi’s remains, confirming that the administration achieved its goal to eliminate the terrorist. He thanked Russia, Turkey, Syria, Iraq and the Kurds for helping the U.S. in the operation.
However, despite the great news, Washington Post posted a headline “glorifying the fallen terrorist. n its Sunday obituary, the newspaper initially referred to Baghdadi as the “Islamic State’s terrorist-in-chief.” They later changed the headline to define him as an “austere religious scholar at the helm of the Islamic State.”
Following backlash from audiences and other publications, The Washington Post again changed the headline to define Baghdadi as an “extremist leader.” The paper’s vice president of communications has since released a statement, apologizing for the characterization.
“The world is now a much safer place,” stated the president.
Senator Lindsey Graham gave a press conference at the White House shortly after the president’s announcement.
“Trump’s most fervent critics should say, ‘good job Mr. President,’” stated Graham. “Not just for the mission’s success, but for the model, Trump is laying out in Syria — a minimal U.S. footprint that works closely with local leaders on the ground.” [RELATED: BOOM! Mike Pence Puts Nike on Blast: ‘Nike Checks Its Social Justice At The Door When It Comes To Hong Kong’]
The senator said this accomplishment was made possible specifically because President Trump changed the rules of engagement. He said it ensured that the killing of al-Baghdadi would take place in months instead of years, which reportedly is a game-changer bound to have worldwide ramifications.