Last night Trump tweeted that “Something Very Big Has Just Happened”.

There was a lot of speculation about what that “Big” thing was. Based on news reports this morning, it was the killing of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi by U.S. Special Forces in Syria. We will carry Trump’s 9 a.m. press statement live, and then update.

[White House photo Situation Room during al Baghdadi operation]

Some quotes from the statement:

“Last night the United States brought the world’s number one terrorist leader to justice. Abu Bakr al-baghdadi is dead,” Trump said. “He was the founder and leader of ISIS. The most ruthless and violent terror organization anywhere in the world. The United States has been searching for Baghdadi for many years. Capturing or killing Baghdadi has been the top national security priority of my administration.”

“US Special operations forces executed a dangerous and daring night time raid. In northwestern Syria and accomplished their mission in grand style, the US personnel were incredible, I got to watch much of it. No personnel were lost in the operation. While a large number of Baghdadi’s fighters and companions were killed with him.”

“He died after running into a dead end tunnel, whimpering and crying and screaming all the way. The compound had been cleared by this time with people either surrendering or being shot and killed. Eleven young children were moved out of the house and are uninjured. The only ones remaining were Baghdadi in the tunnel and he had dragged three of his young children with him. They were led to certain death. He reached the end of the tunnel as our dogs chased him down. He ignited his vest, killing himself and the three children. His body was mutilated by the blast.”

“He died like a dog, he died like a coward.”



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