US Military Reportedly Targets ISIS Leader In Operation

PHILLIP NIETO CONTRIBUTOR

 

The United States military has reportedly targeted Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of ISIS, in an operation in northwest Syria on Saturday, according to multiple reports.

President Donald Trump is expected to give an announcement Sunday morning, said Hogan Gidley, the White House deputy press secretary, but it’s unclear what exactly he’ll address. (RELATED: Trump Begins Withdrawing Troops From Syria)

“Something very big has just happened,” Trump said in a tweet on Saturday night.

 

 

CNN reported that an administration official told them the announcement is expected to be related to foreign policy.

Reuters and Fox News similarly reported that an operation targeting al-Baghdadi took place on Saturday.

Newsweek reported that Baghdadi was killed in the operation that took place on Saturday night. The report states that Trump had approved the operation about a week before it was conducted.

 

Via The Daily Caller
A bearded man with Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s appearance speaks in this screen grab taken from video released on April 29, 2019. Islamic State Group/Al Furqan Media Network/Reuters TV via REUTERS. THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. THE AUTHENTICITY AND DATE OF THE RECORDING COULD NOT BE INDEPENDENTLY VERIFIED BY REUTERS. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

 

Baghdadi has been in hiding for last five years, with his last appearance being in April when he was seen in an ISIS propaganda video. Another video from 2014 showed the ISIS leader speaking in the Great Mosque in Mosul, Iraq.


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