President Trump confirms al-Baghdadi death, says he spent last minutes ‘whimpering’ in dead-end tunnel
President Trump formally announced the death of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, saying he died “like a coward,” whimpering and crying in a dead-end tunnel.
President Trump, announcing the death of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, described him as dying “in a vicious and violent way, as a coward, running and crying.”
“He died like a dog, he died like a coward,” Trump said in a speech to the nation Sunday morning.
The ISIS leader’s death came in a successful U.S. military operation in northwest Syria Saturday night that took roughly two hours.
The Islamic State leader detonated an explosive vest as U.S. Special Operations Forces stormed his compound in the Idrib Province. Trump said he died whimpering at the back of a dead-end tunnel.
He also said the U.S. had al-Baghdadi under surveillance for weeks.