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Donald Trump press conference Highlights: Baghdadi killed himself by igniting his suicide vest, says US President

Donald Trump press conference Highlights: "Last night the United States brought the world's number one terrorist leader to justice. Abu Bakr al-baghdadi is dead," Trump said.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: October 27, 2019 9:16:01 pm
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US President Donald Trump Sunday announced that Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi died during an overnight raid led by US military forces in Syria, a major victory as he fights a Democratic-led impeachment inquiry. Baghdadi killed himself by igniting his suicide vest, he said.

“Last night the United States brought the world’s number one terrorist leader to justice. Abu Bakr al-baghdadi is dead,” Trump said.

“He was the founder and leader of ISIS. The most ruthless and violent terror organization anywhere in the world. The United States has been searching for Baghdadi for many years. Capturing or killing Baghdadi has been the top national security priority of my administration,” he said.

Earlier today, in a cryptic tweet, the President teased a major announcement. “Something very big has just happened” Trump had tweeted. His tweet left his Twitter followers – more than 66 million – to speculate about what that announcement might entail.

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Donald Trump in a press conference announced that ISIS chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was killed during a US raid in Syria. Follow Highlights here.

20:41 (IST)27 Oct 2019
UK PM on Baghdadi death

"The death of Baghdadi is an important moment in our fight against terror but the battle against the evil of Daesh (Islamic State) is not yet over. We will work with our coalition partners to bring an end to the murderous, barbaric activities of Daesh once and for all," UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson said in a tweet.

19:59 (IST)27 Oct 2019
Baghdadi died after running into a dead-end tunnel

Trump said Baghdadi died after running into a dead-end tunnel.
"He reached the end of the tunnel as our dogs chased him down. He ignited his vest, killing himself and his three children. His body was mutilated by the blasts. The tunnel had caved on him," Trump added.(Reuters)

19:45 (IST)27 Oct 2019
Watch: Baghdadi will never again harm another innocent man..., says Trump

He (Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi) will never again harm another innocent man.

19:37 (IST)27 Oct 2019
Thug who tried so hard to intimidate others spent his last moments in utter fear: Trump

The death of Baghdadi was an important win for Trump weeks after his sudden decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria sparked a wave of harsh criticism, including from fellow Republicans, that the move would lead to a resurgence of Islamic State.
"The thug who tried so hard to intimidate others spent his last moments in utter fear, panic and dread, terrified of the American forces coming down on him," the Republican president said in a televised address to the nation from the White House. (Reuters)

19:30 (IST)27 Oct 2019
Was able to find out Baghdadi's location few weeks ago: Trump

The US was able to find out Baghdadi's whereabouts just a few weeks ago, the US President said. The started getting "very positive feedback" on Baghdadi's location, he said.

19:18 (IST)27 Oct 2019
Russia opened up their airspace for the raid: Trump

Trump said that Russia "treated us great" and opened up their airspace for the raid. He also said that Russia did not know about the nature of the mission.

19:16 (IST)27 Oct 2019
Many of Baghdadi people were killed: Trump

US President Donald Trump said that many of ISIS chief's people were killed and that US will announce the exact number in due course

19:11 (IST)27 Oct 2019
Baghdadi was a sick and depraved man: Donald Trump

"Baghdadi was a sick and depraved man and now he's gone," Trump said in his press conference. Baghdadi had long been sought by the United States, as head of a jihadist group that at one point controlled large areas of Syria and Iraq, declaring a caliphate.

19:07 (IST)27 Oct 2019
Baghdadi died like a coward: Trump

Trump also went on to say that the raid was a dangerous operation and Baghdadi died "like a dog" and "like a coward".

19:03 (IST)27 Oct 2019
Baghdadi killed himself by igniting his suicide vest, says US President

Baghdadi killed himself by igniting his suicide vest, Trump said, adding that today's successful operation is the reminder that the US will continue to pursue remaining Islamic State terrorists.

19:01 (IST)27 Oct 2019
Sensitive materials seized during raid: Trump

Trump also said the US have seized sensitive materials during the raid conducted by US Special operations commandos in northwestern Syria. He thanked the intelligence officials on the success of the mission. He said he also wanted to thank Russia, Syria, Turkey and Iraq for support.

18:53 (IST)27 Oct 2019
Donald Trump announces Baghdadi's death

Donald Trump announces Baghdadi's death, says no personnel have been lost in operation.

If confirmed by DNA testing and other methods of identification, the killing of al-Baghdadi will be the biggest success of US global anti-terror operations since Navy SEAL commandos eliminated Osama bin Laden in a raid on a compound in the Pakistani city of Abbottabad on May 2, 2011.

In February 2018, several US official claimed that Baghdadi was wounded in an airstrike in May 2017 and was forced to give up control of ISIS while he recuperated. He became leader of ISIS in 2010.

A video purportedly featuring Baghdadi was released by ISSI media wing in April this year. It was the first time Baghdadi was seen after his address from the Great Mosque in Mosul in 2014.

Who is Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi?

The leader of the Islamic State is often described as the most wanted individual in the world. The United States designated him a terrorist some eight years ago, and declared a bounty of $10 million (more than Rs 70 crore) on his head.

Baghdadi, who is believed to have been born in Iraq perhaps in 1971, proclaimed himself Caliph of the Islamic State in 2013. He made his first known public appearance the following year, delivering a Ramadan sermon at the Great Mosque of al-Nuri in Mosul in northern Iraq, at which the Islamic State declared itself to be a worldwide Caliphate with al-Baghdadi at its head.
The best known among the ISIS leader’s few publicly available pictures are from a video of this sermon at the al-Nuri mosque.
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