U.S. President Donald Trump announced the death of the Islamic State leader, Abu Bakr Al Bagdadi, in a military operation in his country in northwestern Syria. The terrorist detonated an explosive vest that killed him and three of his children.
"The United States did Justice with the world's largest terrorist leader. Abu Bakr Al Bagdadi is dead," Trump said in a statement to the nation from the White House.
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"The US looked for Baghdadi for years. Capturing or killing Baghdadi was one of the top priorities in national security issues for my administration," he continued.
The Republican said US special forces made a "dangerous night raid" against an ISIS leader complex in northwestern Syria and accomplished their mission "in style."
The leader of ISIS, aBu Bakr Al Bagdadi, proclaiming his "caliphate".
Trump said he saw "almost everything" the operation, which lasted about two hours, from the "Situation Room", where he was with the vice president, Mike Pence and other top officials and stressed that no US soldier was injured "while a large number of fighters and colleagues in Baghdadi were killed next to him. "
According to Trump, Bagdadi died "like a dog," "whining like a coward," after being cornered in a "dead-end tunnel." The terrorist was killed by "triggering an explosive vest" he was wearing. He had taken with him three of his children, who died instantly, Trump said.
As Al Bagadi's body was torn apart by the explosion, the US conducted DNA tests that "identified him in a certain, immediate and totally positive way." "It was him," he insisted.
"The thug who tried so hard to intimidate others spent his last moments with absolute fear, in total panic and fear, terrified by American forces looming over him," Trump said in the White House.
Some 11 children were rescued during the operation, the president said.
Trump also thanked "Russia, Turkey, Syria and Iraq" for their help in the "impeccable attack" against Baghdadi and recalled that months ago the US also killed Osama bin Laden's son, Hamza bin Laden, who "said very bad things about the people, our country and the world. "
"The terrorists who oppress the world should never be able to sleep peacefully, knowing that we will destroy them. These wild monsters will not escape their destiny or God's final judgment," he said.