President Trump Expected To Announce Death or Capture of Top ISIS Leader
President Donald Trump’s cryptic Tweet Saturday night suggesting ‘something very big just happened’ sent Twitter buzzing. Shortly after, several well placed former and current military officials told SaraACarter.com it was regarding a U.S. operation that in the northwest of Syria targeting senior ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
Something very big has just happened!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 27, 2019
A White House official told this news site they could not discuss the matter. However, the President is expected to deliver a major address the nation at 9 a.m. EST. according to White House deputy press secretary Hogan Gidley.
The target of the operation was apparently Islamic State leader Baghdadi, who has been in hiding and on the run for more than five years. The last public information on the leader of the Islamic State came in an April video, which was released by the terrorist organizations media wing al-Furqan. The video apparently showed man suspected to be Baghdadi.
“He had eluded the U.S. military for years and if he’s been killed this is an enormous victory for the United States and our allies all over the world,” said a former senior U.S. military official.
ISIS fighters and followers have been involved in nearly 200 attacks in more than 143 countries around the world and have taken the lives of thousands of people, according to reports.
As this reporter reported in 2015, Islamic State was responsible for the massacre and capture of thousands of Yazidi people in Iraq. At the time, Human Rights Watch estimated the ISIS terrorists killed 3,000 to 5,000 people — burying some alive — and captured 3,000 Yazidi women as sexual slaves when they swept through Sinjar in August 2014.
Charles Lister, an analyst and Middle East expert, was the first to Tweet about the operation on Saturday night.
He stated that the U.S. military was conducting an operation and “as many as 6 choppers involved – gave chase to convoy, 2 landed & assaulted vehicles. Possibly took bodies or evidence away.”
According to reports and sources, the military is still verifying the identity of the remains. Al-Bagdahdi had eluded the CIA and military in the past on several occasions. This military operation came after the Trump administration announced that the United States was withdrawing from Syria. The capture or death of Bagdahdi would be a significant victory for President Trump and would bolster his policy decisions in the region.
Locals say as many as 6 choppers involved – gave chase to convoy, 2 landed & assaulted vehicles. Possibly took bodies or evidence away.
— Charles Lister (@Charles_Lister) October 26, 2019
In 2015, this reporter first published an undated document, titled “A Brief History of the Islamic State Caliphate (ISC), The Caliphate According to the Prophet.”
The 32-page Urdu-language document obtained by this reporter and reviewed by USA TODAY detailed Bagdahdi’s plot to attack U.S. soldiers as they withdraw from Afghanistan and target American diplomats and Pakistani officials.
It was described by numerous intelligence officials as one of the most significant documents detailing Bagdahdi’s plans and his perception of creating a caliphate. The document included a never-before-seen history of the Islamic State, details chilling future battle plans, urges al-Qaeda to join the group and says the Islamic State’s leader should be recognized as the sole ruler of the world’s 1 billion Muslims under a religious empire called a “caliphate.”
“Accept the fact that this caliphate will survive and prosper until it takes over the entire world and beheads every last person that rebels against Allah,” it proclaims. “This is the bitter truth, swallow it.”
If Bagdahdi was killed in the operation, other terrorist leaders, specifically Al-Qaeda’s current leader Ayman al-Zawahiri, who is believed to be residing in Pakistan, must be wondering if they’re next.