WASHINGTON, US President Donald Trump said Sunday that the US “brought the world?’s number one terrorist leader to justice” as he confirmed the death of IS leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi.
In a televised address, Trump said that the US has been searching for Al-Baghdadi for many years and his capture or killing has been “the top national security priority of my administration.” He described the “dangerous and daring nighttime raid” operation executed by the US special operations forces in northwestern Syria to accomplish their mission, saying the US personnel were “incredible.” Trump affirmed that no personnel were lost in the operation but a large number of Baghdadi?’s fighters and companions were killed with him, as he “ignited his vest, killed himself and three children.” “Test results gave certain immediate and totally positive identification it was him,” Trump confirmed.
He indicated that the US special forces were in the compound where Baghdadi was killed for about two hours “and after the mission was accomplished we took highly sensitive material and information from the raid.”
“Today’s events are another reminder that we will continue to pursue the remaining IS terrorists to their brutal end,” Trump stressed. “That also goes to other terrorist organizations.” He described Baghdadi as a “sick and depraved man and now he’s gone,” saying “he was vicious and violent and he died in a vicious and violent way as a coward.” He affirmed that “this raid was impeccable and could only have taken place with the acknowledgement and help of certain other nations and people,” during which he thanked Russia, Turkey, Syria and Iraq, as well as the Syrian Kurds “for certain support they were able to give us.” “A brutal killer, one who has caused so much hardship and death has violently been eliminated,” Trump said. “He died like a dog. He died like a coward. The world is a much safer place.” He indicated that “we had him (Baghdadi) under surveillance for a couple of weeks,” and that it was a “very secret mission. We flew very, very low and very, very fast.” “This was a very, very dangerous mission” he stressed, and that “last night was a great night for the United States and for the world.”
Source: Kuwait News Agency