ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi died in an operation by American Special Forces, US President Donald Trump announced on Sunday, disclosing that the terrorist leader, cornered in a dead-end tunnel in a compound in northern Syria, exploded a suicide vest that also took the life of three children. Two of his wives died in the operation but US forces did not suffer any casualties, Trump announced.
“For many years, capturing or killing Baghdadi has been the top national security priority of my administration, US Special Operations Forces executed a dangerous and daring nighttime raid in northwestern Syria and accomplished their mission in grand style,” Trump said. US forces conducted a DNA test that confirmed the terrorist leader’s identity.
Donald Trump said he had watched the operation in the White House Situation Room along with other vice-president Mike Pence, defense secretary Mike Esper, and other top US generals and intelligence officials as US forces with an elite dog squad chased Baghdadi into a tunnel which turned out to have a dead end. At this point Baghdadi exploded a suicide vest and the tunnel also collapsed, resulting in the death of a large number of his supporters and also mutilating his body. A US canine was injured in the operation, Trump added.