ISIS Leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, Killed By U.S. Special Forces

The Army’s Delta Force and Army Rangers killed Islamic State (“ISIS”) leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi on October 26 in a lightning raid in Idlib province in northwest Syria. The U.S. began receiving intelligence about al-Baghdadi’s location nearly a month before the raid, which ultimately focused on al-Baghdadi’s hideout near the town of Barisha. Eight helicopters flew in from Iraq and dropped the commandos near the target. After breaching a wall army soldiers trapped al-Baghdadi in a network of tunnels and bunkers beneath the compound. When they trapped al-Baghdadi in a dead end, soldiers sent in a military robot and a dog. Al-Baghdadi then detonated a suicide vest, collapsing the tunnel and killing himself and two children who were with him. The dog was injured and retrieved by the commandos, along with al-Baghdadi’s body. Reported by The Guardian. Read more…

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Reported by Fox News. Read more… (more details). In a press conference, President Trump said al-Baghdadi “died like a dog, he died like a coward.” Trump also said no U.S. personnel were injured in the raid. Reported by Fox News. Read more…

Saturday Night Live stubbed its political toe that night. At the time the raid was taking place, SNL was spoofing Donald Trump yet again, this time with an actor playing the role of an ISIS fighter purportedly ‘freed’ by Trump when the President withdrew U.S. forces from Syria. Reported by Fox News. Read more…

The Pentagon later released video footage of the raid. Reported by Fox News. Read more…

Diane Foley, the mother of journalist James Foley who was beheaded by ISIS, thanked President Trump and the “brave troops” who carried out the raid. Ms. Foley Tweeted, “I am grateful to our President and brave troops for finding ISIS leader Al-Bagdadi. I hope this will hinder the resurgence of terror groups and pray that captured ISIS fighters will be brought to trial and held accountable.” James Foley was a journalist and video reporter at the time of his capture and death. Reported by Fox News. Read more…

The U.S. military says it expects ISIS to retaliate for the death of al-Baghdadi. The head of US Central Command, General Kenneth McKenzie, said that “They will be dangerous. We suspect they will try some form of retribution attack.” McKenzie also said that, “We don’t see a bloodless future because unfortunately this ideology is going to be out there.” Reported by The Guardian. Read more…

Retired Gen. Jack Keane, Fox News’ senior strategic analysis, says that the killing of al-Baghdadi represents a “major win” for the United States in the war against terrorism. “It’s clearly a major victory for us in the war against radical Islam and particularly dealing with ISIS,” Keene said in an interview with Fox, explaining, “Anybody that tries to minimize the impact of this just doesn’t know what they’re talking about. Al-Baghdadi took several hundred fighters out of Iraq in 2012 and grew it into a force of 30,000, and invaded Iraq — and also formed a safe haven in Syria where he trained that force and declared an Islamic state.” Reported by Fox News. Read more…

Republican Senator Lindsey Graham said that President Trump has “changed the rules of engagement” the government uses to fight ISIS. “When it comes to terrorism, the president changed the rules of engagement. You think the caliphate destroyed itself?” Graham said during an appearance at the White House. Graham also said Trump has fought terrorism with a determination unlike any he’s seen before. Reported by Fox News. Read more…

The Islamic State quickly named a new leader, Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Qurayshi. Little is known of al-Qurayshi, although his last name suggests a claim to the lineage of the Prophet Muhammad. The announcement, made by the group’s media arm, Amaq, included a warning, “America, don’t you realize that the Islamic State is now at the forefront of Europe and West Africa? It is extended from the East to the West. Don’t you see that you have become a laughing stock to the world? Your destiny is controlled by an old fool who goes to sleep with one opinion and wakes up with another. Do not celebrate or get arrogant.” Reported by The Guardian. Read more…

ISIS suffered another blow this week. Turkey arrested seven ISIS members during anti-terror operations. The arrests include a senior operative responsible to ISIS’s training camps. Reported by i24 News. Read more…