The President stressed the determination of the United States in the fight against terrorism.
As President Trump said on Sunday, the US military conducted an operation in Syria, in which the leader of the “Islamic State” Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was killed.
Addressing US citizens on television, the President spoke about the operation.
“Last night, the United States delivered justice to the world’s number one terrorist leader,” the President said.
“No American serviceman was killed in the operation,” Trump said. He added that many of al-Baghdadi’s fighters were killed. He later clarified that a service dog belonging to the military was wounded during the operation.
According to President, the ISIS leader tried to flee through the underground passage, “constantly whining, crying and shouting.”
Trump said that al-Baghdadi detonated a suicide belt, which killed three children. According to him, as a result of explosions, the underground passage collapsed. Captured Islamic State fighters have been taken into custody, he said.
Thank you to the service members, military leaders, and agency officials who were critical to the success of this mission. pic.twitter.com/Az8DYZDqtW
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) October 27, 2019
It is also reported that helicopters, planes, and drones were used during the operation.
According to Trump, al-Baghdadi died “like a coward” and “like a dog.” He said that 15 minutes after his death, a DNA test came back positive.
“They took his DNA, gave it to laboratory specialists who were there to conduct an on-site analysis,” Trump explained later, answering questions from reporters. To do this, the military had to get to the body of Baghdadi through the debris in the “dead end” tunnel.
The President called the operation against al-Baghdadi an “incredible success.” He said it took American soldiers “seconds” to break into the structure.
Praising the courage and professionalism of the US military, trump also expressed gratitude to Turkey, Russia, and Iraq for their assistance. At the same time, he noted that Russia did not know about the nature of the American operation.
When eight US helicopters approached the site of the operation, the fire was opened on them, which was “immediately suppressed,” Trump said.