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ISIS Leader, Known for His Brutality, Dies At 48

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the cunning and enigmatic black-clad leader of the Islamic State who transformed a flagging insurgency into a global terrorist network that drew tens of thousands of recruits from 100 countries, has died at 48.
29 Oct 2019 09:33
ISIS Leader, Known for His Brutality, Dies At 48
Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

The New York Times reported that Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the cunning and enigmatic black-clad leader of the Islamic State who transformed a flagging insurgency into a global terrorist network that drew tens of thousands of recruits from 100 countries, has died at 48.

President Trump announced that al-Baghdadi detonated a suicide vest during a raid this weekend in northwestern Syria by United States Special Forces on Sunday.

It was reported by Graphic News that Trump said al-Baghdadi was chased to the end of an underground tunnel, pursued by American military dogs. Accompanied by three children, al-Baghdadi then detonated a suicide vest, blowing up himself and the children.

Mr. Trump said preliminary tests had confirmed his identity, but there was no immediate confirmation from the Islamic arm yet.

 

The Islamic State’s media arm  is quick to claim attacks but generally takes longer to confirm the deaths of its leaders. Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the son of a pious Sunni family from the Iraqi district of Samarra, al-Baghdadi parlayed religious fervor, hatred of non-believers and the power of the internet into the path that catapulted him onto the global stage. President Trump was so excited he couldn’t contain himself, the Associated Press reported. He hinted of the successful military operation late Saturday by tweeting obliquely that “something very big has just happened!” White House spokesman Hogan Gidley announced the president would make a “major statement” Sunday morning.    

The US President also shared a Tweet thanking the dog that was part of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s chase.

The Islamic State leader commanded an organization that, at its peak, controlled a territory the size of Britain from which it directed and inspired acts of terror in more than three dozen countries.

He was among the world’s most-wanted terrorist chieftain, the target of a $25 million bounty from the American government.

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi death followed a yearslong, international manhunt that consumed the intelligence services of multiple countries and spanned two American presidential administrations.

Souce: Graphic News

Source: Graphic News

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