WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
- President Donald Trump announced Sunday the death of the Islamic State militant group’s leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
- The world’s most wanted terrorist killed himself and three of his children by detonating a suicide vest as U.S. forces closed in during a raid Saturday.
- Trump said al-Baghdadi died “whimpering and crying and screaming all the way” into a dead-end tunnel… as our dogs chased them down.”
President Donald Trump confirmed Sunday that the Islamic State militant group’s leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, was killed Saturday in a U.S.-led raid in northwestern Syria.
Speaking live from the White House, the president said that the world’s most wanted terrorist killed himself and three of his children by detonating a suicide vest as U.S. forces closed in after a raid.
According to Trump: “Last night, the United States brought the world’s No. 1 terrorist leader to justice. Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is dead.”
“Capturing or killing him has been the top national security priority of my administration,” Trump added.
Trump added that the ISIS leader died “whimpering and crying and screaming all the way as reached the end of the tunnel as our dogs chased them down.”Al-Baghdadi then detonated the suicide vest, instantly killing himself and three of his children.
Trump went on to describe the was a sick and depraved man,” the president added, “and now he’s gone.”
No personnel was lost in the raid, however, Trump said that a large number of al-Baghdadi’s “fighters and companions were killed with them.” A U.S. military dog was injured during the operation, Trump confirmed.
The president added that “test results gave certain, immediate and totally positive identification” that the group’s leader was killed.
Trump extended his appreciation to Russia, Turkey, Syria, Iraq and the Syrian Kurdish forces.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Americans saluted “the heroism, dedication and skill of our military and our intelligence professionals and acknowledge the work of our partners in the region.”
In a statement, Pelosi said that “the death of al-Baghdadi is significant, but the death of this ISIS leader does not mean the death of ISIS.”
Trump personally approved the operation, according to two people familiar with the matter.
The death of al-Baghdadi brings an end to years of searching and speculation.
Source: NBC News