The US military carried out a raid last night that killed ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. Footage filmed by locals near the small town of Barisha in north-west Syria shows the moment US forces struck the location where Baghdadi was hiding. In the video, helicopters can be heard overhead before a huge explosion hits a building.
US President Donald Trump used a White House address to reveal that the US had brought the “world’s greatest terrorist leader to justice”.
He claimed that Baghdadi died “whimpering and crying and screaming” after running into a dead-end tunnel.
President Trump said while eleven young children were safely moved out of the house, al-Baghdadi brought three of his young children with him as he tried to escape down the tunnel.
He then ignited a suicide vest, which also killed his three children.
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It is thought that the US special forces blew up the house where al-Baghdadi was found to eliminate the possibility of the site becoming a shrine to the leader.
Last night, US President Donald Trump sparked speculation after tweeting: “Something very big has just happened!”
The raid, which took place after midnight on Saturday, is thought to have involved helicopters, warplanes and a ground clash.
The commander of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces, Mazloum Abdi, said earlier today that a “historic, successful operation” had resulted from “joint intelligence work” with the US.
Al-Baghdadi has been described as the world’s most wanted man.
The ISIS leader was designated as a “terrorist” in October 2011, with a huge £19.5million reward for information leading to his capture or death.
Earlier this year, ISIS issued a 30-minute audio message purporting to come from al-Baghdadi, in which he said operations were taking place daily.
He had called on supporters to free women jailed in camps in Iraq and Syria over their alleged links to his group.
Source: Daily Express :: World Feed