ISIS leader dead in Syria


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A military working dog team patrolling a territory. This is the type of team used in the operations to fight ISIS.

Eric Cropper, Staff Writer

A recent raid in Syria led to the death of Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi, the leader of the Islamic State, more commonly known as ISIS. Baghdadi, one of the most wanted terrorists in the world was chased by United States military dogs and then committed suicide. He used a vest filled with explosives, which collapsed a tunnel onto him and his children.

According to a senior U.S. defense official; the raid began at 5:01 p.m. on Saturday in Northwest Syria. The Special Forces team reported code “jackpot” at 7:15 p.m. when Baghdadi committed suicide. The defense official reported that six ISIS fighters were killed and 11 children within the compound were removed. A senior state department official has reported that the U.S. had been in close touch with Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) Commander General Mazloum Abdi. The SDF has played a huge role in fighting ISIS as well as aiding the U.S. with the recent raid. Alongside Baghdadi, the troops killed Abu al-Hassan al-Muhajir, the supposed replacement to Baghdadi as the leader of the Islamic State, in a separate operation.

President Trump gave a speech announcing the killing of Baghdadi as well as the success of the raid and its events. He reported that the ISIS leader “died like a coward” and continued to talk about putting a stop to terrorism saying, “Terrorists who oppress and murder innocent people should never sleep soundly, knowing that we will completely destroy them.” The raid is yet another U.S. operation to combat terrorism and kill terrorist leaders such as Osama Bin Laden in 2011. Robert O’Neill a former navy seal and the man who killed Bin Laden said, “We’ve once again proven that it doesn’t matter where you hide, we will find you.”