On October 27, US President Donald Trump confirmed that US forces eliminated ISIS leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi and 3 his children in northwestern Syria. According to the President, Baghdadi’s body was eliminated by an explosion of the underground tunnel, where he was trying to hide. However, Trump said, that the terrorist leader was identified using the vestiges.
No US personnel were killed or injured in the operation.
Additionally, US forces allegedly seized many sensetive data related to ISIS further plans and actions on the site. They allegedly evacuated 11 children and eliminated a number of militants during the operation.
Trump also thanked Turkey, Iraq, Syria and Iraq for assisting in US efforts against the ISIS leader. According to Trump, Russia opened airspace for US aircraft involved in the operation against al-Baghdadi.
The Trump administration needed an operation to eliminate al-Baghdadi to once again take credit for ‘eliminating ISIS’ and get a PR success for Trump’s ‘mission acomplsihed’ claims and the withdrawal of US troops from northern Syria. With these developments, Trump will be able to explain his administration’s Middle East strategy to the internal audience ahead of the upcoming presidential election in 2020.
Another important factor is that the US action once again revealed the doublefaced policy of Western states and mainstream media that have beeen promoting northwestern Syria, including the province of Idlib, as a stronghold of the ‘democratic opposition’ to the ‘bloody regime’ of Bashar al-Assad. In fact, this ‘democratic opposition’ does not exist and the Greater Idlib area is almost fully controlled by various radicals and terrorists. So, the ISIS Leader and his inner circle were free to hide there, near the Turkish border.
Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was the nom de guerre of the infamous mastermind of the barbaric so-called Islamic State (ISIS, formerly ISIL) terror group. Followers of the group called him Caliph Ibrahim and he had a range of other names including Sheikh Baghdadi and Al-Shabah, meaning ‘the ghost’.
Mystery surrounds many aspects of the Iraqi native’s life but he was believed to be 48-years-old and hailed from near the city of Samarra, 125km north of Baghdad, and was part of the al-Bu Badri tribe.
This tribal link allowed Baghdadi to claim that he was a descendant of the Prophet Muhammad’s Quraysh tribe, a neccessary qualification for becoming the caliph (the historic leader of all Muslims).
The US invasion of Iraq prompted Baghdadi and his associates to create Jaysh Ahl al-Sunnah wa-l-Jamaah (the Army of the Sunni People Group) which operated around Samarra, Diyala and Baghdad and later declared an oath of allegiance to Al Qaeda.
During the height of its rule, the group enforced its barbarous version of Islamic law on millions. It has been blamed for mass executions and is accused of carrying out war crimes.
He remained unseen as the so-called caliphate swelled to an area roughly the size of Britain and remained in the shadows as the terror group was fought back by a multinational effort led by Syria, Russia and Iran, as well as a coalition led by the US.