New Delhi: US President Donald Trump on Sunday confirmed the death of ISIS chief Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi in a US raid. “Baghdadi is dead after exploding a suicide vest,” the US President said during a press conference.
“Last night the United States brought the world’s number one terrorist leader to justice. Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi is dead. He was the founder and leader of ISIS, the most ruthless and violent terror organisation anywhere in the world,” US President Donald Trump said.
The confirmation from the US President comes hours after news reports surfaced that ISIS leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi has been killed in an operation conducted by the US military in Syria on Saturday. Trump earlier in the day also in a tweet hinted that ‘something very big happened’, prompting people to connect the dots as official sources have not confirmed anything.
“During the raid by the US forces, Baghdadi was seen whimpering and crying and screaming when forces chased him down,” the US President added.
Trump said that the US has been searching for Baghdadi for many years. “Capturing or killing Baghdadi has been the top national security priority of my administration,” he further stated.
According to the American outlet, Newsweek, Donald Trump had recently approved a special operation raid against ISIS. The Pentagon, however, declined to comment when contacted by AFP.
Baghdadi was smartly hiding for years despite being searched by the world’s best intelligence agencies and the US authorities offering a whopping USD 25 million reward for information about him.
Baghdadi joined Al-Qaeda in Iraq, which merged with other Islamist groups to form the Islamic State of Iraq. He became the group’s leader in 2010 after his predecessor was killed by US forces.
He renamed the group to the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant, widely known as ISIL or ISIS in 2013 and announced his “caliphate” in 2014.