On Saturday night, the president left a mysterious tweet, writing that “something very big has just happened,” with the White House later saying he would make an announcement on Sunday morning.
President Trump has confirmed that US special forces have killed Daesh (ISIS) leader al-Baghdadi.
“Last night the US brought the world’s number one terrorist leader to justice. Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is dead,” he said, speaking from the White House on Sunday.
Trump said no US special operations forces were killed in the operation, which was said to have taken place in northwestern Syria on Saturday night.
“The US personnel were incredible. I got to watch much of it. No personnel were lost in the operation, while a large number of Baghdadi’s fighters and companions were killed with him,” the president noted.
Trump said Baghdadi “died after running into a dead-end tunnel, whimpering and crying and screaming all the way.”
According to the president, 11 young children had been moved out of the compound to safety. However, three children were said to have died after Baghdadi dragged them into the tunnel with him and blew up a suicide vest while pursued by a US K9 unit.
Trump said two of Baghdadi’s wives were also killed, and were wearing suicide vests which had not been detonated.
“His body was mutilated by the blast, the tunnel had caved in on it in addition, but test results gave certain, immediate and totally positive identification. It was him,” Trump said. Trump later clarified…