President Donald Trump says Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has been killed after a U.S. military special forces operation in Syria.
“Last night the United States brought the world’s number one terrorist leader to justice,” Trump announced from the White House on Sunday.
“No (U.S.) personnel were lost in the operation” but a large number of Baghdadi’s fighters were killed, President Trump announced on Sunday from the White House.
He said the Islamic State leader was hiding in a tunnel and tried to flee, “whimpering, crying and screaming all the way.” Trump said Baghdadi ignited the suicide vest he was wearing, and in the process killed the three children he had taken into the tunnel with him.
Media reports said the mission in Syria’s Idlib province included helicopters, jets, and U.S. drones.
In July, a U.N. report warned that senior Islamic State leaders “are among those who have made their way to the Idlib area.”
Baghdadi’s death had been erroneously reported several times. The ISIS leader’s identity was confirmed through DNA testing performed on the site.
(Source: Voice of America)