"DIED LIKE A DOG" …Trump declares the killing of ISIS leader Abu Bakr-al-Baghdadi in western Syria

NEWS BAGHDADI
WASHINGTON: The head of the ISIS, or Islamic State, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi “died like a dog” in a well-planned, daring, night-time raid by US special forces in a military action deep inside north-west Syria. President Donald Trump made the announcement in a nationally televised address of the nation on Sunday. Baghdadi’s three children also died.

Baghdadi, 48, a Sunni Muslim leader from Iraq floated his outfit in 2014 to turn the entire world an Umma, a Muslim world, after Saddam Hussein was liquidated and Iraq’s rule changed hands following the US invasion in 2002. IS was a pro-Sunni engagement. Over the past 17 years, large swathes of areas in Iraq and Syria came under its control. The caliphate Baghdadi ran was notorious for the crude manner in which it imposed its writ over millions of people spread over thousands of miles.
Trump stated from the White House that US forces killed a large number of ISIS terrorists during the raid at the end of whichBaghdadi was cornered in a tunnel. After running from one end of the tunnel to the other, Baghdadi set off a suicide vest, and killed himself.” Attempt to capture him alive did not succeed. “He ran into a dead end tunnel, whimpering and crying and screaming all the way,” Trump said.
Baghdadi, a UN-designated terrorist, was carrying a $25million bounty on his head since 2016. According to one report, Baghdadi arrived recently to his doom, fleeing the recent Turkish incursion in the north-east of the country, where advances were made by the Syrian and Russian armies.

The US raid was held with support from the governments of Russia, Syria, Turkey and Iraq. Special forces “executed a dangerous and daring night-time raid in northwestern Syria.” ISIS, known for its lethality, also staged attacks in other parts of the world. In sustained military offensives against ISIS, the US-led troops inch by inch finished off ISIS, the last major assault being in Syria in March this year, when the last of its outposts was dismantled with military raid and ground operations.
The civil war against the regime of Bashal al Assad in Syria gave the ISIS the much needed opportunity to extend its writ from parts of Iraq to large swathes of Syria. Trump gave the first indication of the killing of Baghdadi by tweeting on Saturday that “something very big has happened!” and then took time to explain what he meant.
HOW IT HAPPENED
Reports said US helicopters dropped forces in an area of Syria’s Idlib province where “groups linked to the ISIS group” were present. The helicopters targeted a home and a car outside the village of Barisha in Idlib province, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. The operation killed nine people including an IS senior leader called Abu Yamaan as well as a child and two women.
BAGHDADI’S CLAIM
Baghdadi claimed he hailed from the same tribe as of {rophet Muhammad, and said he was descendant of the prophet’s grandson. He wanted to fulfil the necessary ideological and religious tests to rightfully claim the leadership of Muslims across the world. — AGENCIES, IHN-NN
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