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Trump: ISIS Leader 'Al-Baghdadi Is Dead'

President confirms that ISIS honcho killed himself during US raid in Syria
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 27, 2019 8:34 AM CDT
Trump: ISIS Leader 'Al-Baghdadi Is Dead'
This 2019 file image purports to show the leader of the Islamic State group, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, being interviewed by his group's Al-Furqan media outlet.   (Al-Furqan media via AP, File)

(Newser) – After tweeting ominously Saturday night that "Something very big has just happened," President Trump confirmed on Sunday morning what was widely reported in the interim: "Last night the United States brought the world's No. 1 terrorist leader to justice. Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is dead." Trump confirmed that the ISIS leader killed himself by detonating a suicide vest during a US raid in Syria; the explosion also killed three of his children. Said Trump: "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." (Read more Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi stories.)

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