ISIS Leader Killed


President Trump announces the death of al-Baghdadi

Caiden Bertsch, Insider Staff

President Trump announced the death of the leader of the Islamic State, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, on Sunday, Oct. 27.

“Last night, the United States brought the world’s number one terrorist leader to justice,” Trump said as he addressed the nation of television. “Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is dead.”

The raid was carried out by US Delta Force operators who flew through hostile airspace on helicopters under heavy fire. They blew a hole in the wall of the compound rather than going though a potentially booby-trapped entrance.

The operators chased al-Baghdadi though a tunnel where he blew himself up with a suicide bomb-vest, three children died with him.

“He died like a dog,” Trump said. “He died like a coward.”

Despite Trump’s vivid account of the raid, including al-Baghdadi reportedly “whimpering”, Defense Secretary Mark T. Esper, who was also present in the Situation Room, said that he didn’t hear any “whimpering” as the president monitored the raid on an overhead drone feed. Though he said that it is possible that Trump got that detail from operators or commanders on the ground.

No US troops were killed in the raid; however, two were injured, including a dog named Conan.

“We have declassified a picture of the wonderful dog (name not declassified) that did such a GREAT JOB in capturing and killing the Leader of ISIS, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi!” Trump tweeted.

The raid came shortly after Trump ordered a withdrawal of US special forces aiding the Kurds against ISIS from Syria, a move for which he has been heavily criticized for.

“We must keep in mind that we were able to strike Baghdadi because we had forces in the region,” said Representative Michael Waltz, Republican of Florida and a former Army Green Beret. “We must keep ISIS from returning by staying on offense.”

Trump has since confirmed the deployment of US armored vehicles and troops to protect American oil fields from ISIS.

Not much is known about the new leader of ISIS: Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Qurayshi, besides his nickname in ISIS circles.