News of a raid by US Special Forces has allegedly led to the death of the ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
The raid which happened on Saturday in northwest Syria is a culmination of years of intelligence report gathering. The US had intensified its search on the most wanted terrorist in the world, Baghdadi since the inception of President Donald Trump administration.
Speaking at a White House press briefing today, Trump admitted the killing, saying that Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi died as a coward; whimpering and crying. After being cornered in a tunnel, Baghdadi blew himself up with a suicide vest.
Describing the raid as top secret, Trump admitted that only very few people at the White House knew about the mission. Commending Russia, Turkey and the Kurds, US President, Donald Trump said the US gained support in the buildup of the operation.
Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi rose through the ranks with terrorist group ISIS and became its leader. He had declared a Caliphate within regions bordering Iraq and Syria with over 30,000 fighters.
An Iraqi, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has been in control of ISIS since 2010 after the decimation of the Iraqi army. Taking opportunity of the political unrest at neighboring Syrian, ISIS was able to expand territories.
Born in Iraqi city of Samarra in 1971, Baghdadi is said to have a PhD in Islamic Studies from a university in Iraq. His educational background seemed to have played a major role in making him influential as a religious leader.
Though, highly defeated, there are still some ISIS splinter cells across Syria and Iraq. Experts say there are possibilities of ISIS regrouping and trying to make statement of actions.
This is coming after a recent US Military raid that led to the death of Hamza Bin Laden, son of late Al-Qaeda leader, Osama Bin Laden.