Al-Baghdadi ‘died like a dog and coward’
Published: 10:55 28 October 2019 Updated: 15:57 28 October 2019
US President Trump confirmed the death of the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL or ISIS) leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi at a press conference in the White House on Sunday.
The ISIS leader Baghdadi died "like a dog" and like a coward", said Trump, adding, "Last night the United States brought the world's number one terrorist leader to justice."
The US President said the leader of the ISIS died after running into a dead-end tunnel in the village of Barisha in Syria's northwest Idlib province and ignited an explosive vest during the raid, killing himself along with three of his children.
"He was a sick and depraved man, and now he's gone," Trump said. "He died like a dog, he died like a coward."
In a national address, the US president described a daring nighttime airborne raid by American special operations forces during which a large number of his companions were killed.
Al-Baghdadi's 11 other children were "uninjured", Trump said, and were left under the care of an unnamed third party.
Speaking from the White House's Diplomatic Room, the president said that al-Baghdadi spent his last moments in utter fear and claims that he was "whimpering" and died as "a coward, running and crying".
According to him, the US received immediate and positive identification on the body after an on site DNA test, and that the world is now a much safer place.
"His body was mutilated by the blast. The tunnel had caved in on it in addition. But test results gave certain immediate and totally positive identification. It was him," Trump told reporters.
"The thug who tried so hard to intimidate others spent his last moments in utter fear, in total panic and dread, terrified of the American forces bearing down on him," he said providing graphic details of al-Baghdadi's final moments.
Trump said he watched the operation from the White House Situation room as it played out live "as though you were watching a movie."
No US troops were injured in the operation, the US president said, adding that sensitive information was taken from the compound by US Special Forces.
Trump also warned that al-Baghdadi's successors are now in US "sights".
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