Death of ISIS Leader

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Kelby Crawford

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi the Iraqi-born leader died during a raid conducted by the US military in Norwest Syria on Saturday night. A years-long hunt for the ISIS leader came to a dramatic end as the US forces overcame gunfire, a booby trap, and explosive vests during the raid. American forces used eight helicopters through airspace controlled by Russia and Turkey. The US personnel were in a two-hour nightmare raid with ISIS until Baghdadi was cornered into a dead-end tunnel with 3 other children and detonated his suicide vest. This caused the tunnel to partially collapse, killing six enemy fighters and 11 children. No Americans were injured or killed during the raid. Our current president Trump covered all the details about the raid during his interview a couple of days after the incidence. Trump described Baghdadi’s last moments before his death as “utterly in fear”. The death of Baghdadi, who was a dangerous enemy of the US and its allies in the Middle East, brings to an end to a yearslong international manhunt that spanned two US presidential admirations.

There were many rumors spreading that the man that was killed in the tunnel wasn’t Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi the ISIS leader. But back in 2004 Baghdadi was arrested by occupying American forces before he joined the Al-Queda in Iraq, which means his DNA was on file for them to test. It was later confirmed that Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was killed in the top-secret raid in Northwest Syria.