Published On: Sun, Oct 27th, 2019

Trump confirms ISIS leader al-Baghdadi dead following US strike | World | News

President Trump, speaking from the White House, revealed al-Baghdadi died “whimpering and screaming”. The ISIS leader was chased by dogs after US forces entered his Syrian compound and al-Baghdadi detonated his vest after running into a dead-end tunnel.

The US President said: ”He reached the end of the tunnel as our dogs chased him down. He ignited his vest, killing himself and his three children.

“His body was mutilated by the blasts. The tunnel had caved on him.”

The US President added that al-Baghdadi died “like a dog” and “like a coward”. Eleven children were injured. 

US military were in the compound for two hours and no US personnel were lost in the operation, the US President added.

President Trump said he died in a “vicious and violent way” and “crying”.

His concluded his announcement by saying “the world is a much safer place”.

Al-Baghdadi took over the leadership of ISIS in April 2010 and led the terror group in devastation huge areas across Syria and Iraq in 2014-15.

Earlier reports had emerged from US military sources they had “high confidence” al-Baghdadi’s death “pending verification” after the US launched raids in northwestern Syria.

The raid in the early hours of Sunday involved helicopters, warplanes and ground clashes in the village of Barisha in Syria’s Idlib province bordering Turkey, a commander of a militant faction in the region said.

The attacking US forces removed the body of Baghdadi, and that of another man believed to be his deputy, the commander added.

According to Fox News’ National Security Correspondent Jennifer Griffin, a senior US military source said: “We long suspected Baghdadi was hiding in Idlib.”

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