Al-Baghdadi Killed, Trump Claims Credit For 'obliterating ISIS Losers'

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Addressing a media briefing from the White House on Sunday, US President Donald Trump confirmed the killing of ISIS chief & terrorist Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi

Written By Jay Pandya | Mumbai | Updated On:

Addressing a media briefing from the White House on Sunday, President of the US Donald Trump confirmed the killing of ISIS chief and terrorist Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. An overnight operation led by U.S. military forces in Syria killed Baghdadi, said Trump. He added that Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi detonated his suicide vest after being caught at the end of a tunnel by special forces. He also added that at his direction, "USA obliterated ISIS"

'They had no idea what they were getting into'

Donald Trump said, "Baghdadi has been on the run for many years, long before I took office, but at my direction as Commander-in-Chief of the United States, we obliterated his caliphate one hundred per cent in March of this year. Today's events are another reminder that we will continue to pursue the remaining ISIS terrorists to their brutal end. That also goes for other terrorist organisations, they are likewise in our sights. Baghdadi and the losers who worked for him and losers they are, they had no idea what they were getting into. "

Died 'like a coward'

Detailing about the operation, Trump said that al-Baghdadi was in a room with 11 children. He said that the operation began at 5'o clock and lift-off started 'moments after that'. He then added that the world's most dangerous terrorist died "like a coward". He said that Baghdadi died at the end of the tunnel as the US forces' attack dogs chased him. According to the US President, Baghdadi triggered his suicide vest with 3 children around him, after which the tunnel he was in caved in. 

Who is Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi?

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was reportedly born in the Iraqi city of Samarra in 1971. He joined Al Qaeda in Iraq (AQI) and rose to high ranks after the faction broke away to form ISIS. He then declared himself the Caliph of the old Caliphate from the Al -Nuri mosque in Mosul in 2014. After taking the leadership, al-Baghdadi captured major parts of Syria after a civil war broke in the country in the aftermath of the Arab Spring in 2010. In April this year, another video was released in which he was seen in the public first time after declaring the caliphate. In the propaganda video, Al Baghdadi was seen sitting cross-legged alongside Kalashnikov. He then spoke for 18 minutes in the video and said that their battle is a long one. He had also praised the Easter bombing terror attack in Sri Lanka that killed 250 people. 

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Donald Trump's tweet on Sunday morning

In the early hours of Sunday, United States President Donald Trump took to Twitter to announce that he will break big news later in the day. While speculation remained high, some US media reports and international reports said that it may be the news of the killing of ISIS chief Abu Bakr Al Baghdadi. Reports also suggested that the US army held an operation along with Syrian Kurd forces to eliminate the ISIS chief.

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