US President Donald Trump said on Sunday (October 27) the Islamic State (IS) leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi had been killed in a US military operation in Syria.
US President Trump says a ISIS leader Abu Bakr
al-Baghdadi has died in a US-led raid in Syria.
in the White House, Trump said US Special Operations Forces conducted a raid
Saturday night targeting al-Baghdadi in northwest Syria, during which al-Baghdadi
killed himself by igniting a suicide vest.
"Last night, the United States
brought the world's number one terrorist leader to justice. Abu Bakr
al-Baghdadi is dead," he said.
The death of al-Baghdadi
demonstrates the US
commitment to "the enduring and total defeat of ISIS
(the IS) and other terrorist organizations," Trump added.
Al-Baghdadi, 48, whose real
name was Ibrahim Awad al-Badri, announced the establishment of a caliphate, or
the so-called Islamic State, in June 2014.
In 2016, the US Department of
State offered a reward of up to US$25 million for information leading to his
capture or death.
Citing defense officials,
multiple US media reported
that the operation leading to the death of al-Baghdadi was carried out in Idlib
in northwestern Syria.
Trump said the US military used eight helicopters in the
operation and no US
personnel were killed, calling it a great success.
"We were in the compound
for approximately two hours, and after the mission was accomplished we took
highly sensitive material and information from the raid," Trump noted.
In his remarks, Trump also
expressed his gratitude to Russia,
Turkey, Syria, Iraq, and Syrian Kurds, saying the
mission could only have taken place with the help of other nations and people.
Over the years, al-Baghdadi
has been reported multiple times to have been killed, but none of the reports
has been confirmed. In 2017, Russia
claimed to have killed him in airstrikes during a meeting of IS leaders outside
Raqqa, Syria, in late May that year.
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