In describing the death of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi on Sunday, President Donald Trump used dramatic, even cinematic language to portray the daring American commando raid that brought down the Islamic State leader who, the president said, died "screaming, crying and whimpering".
The news of Baghdadi's death could not have come at a better time for the president, who is facing an escalating impeachment inquiry in the House of Representatives and a growing divide among many Republicans over his decision to withdraw USA troops from Syria.
"Well, that's where he was trying to rebuild from because that was the place that made most sense, if you're looking to rebuild", Trump said.
Trump announced on October 27 that Baghdadi blew himself in his suicide vest as he was chased to the dead end of a tunnel by the U.S. service dogs during an American raid in northwest Syria.
"This is the biggest one perhaps that we've ever captured", Trump said Sunday, early in the question-and-answer portion of the news conference. Biden said Trump's sudden troop pullback from northern Syria and other factors had actually complicated the operation.
"This is a moment where President Trump's worst critics should say, 'Well done, '" he said. President Trump hailed his death as a major step to make the world a better and safer place. Trump himself said he didn't arrive to the Situation Room until "around 5pm". The Al-Qaeda leader was killed after a USA operation in Pakistan, which was carried out under President Barack Obama.
At a briefing on Sunday, Trump spoke openly about US coordination with Russian Federation and Turkey, the number of helicopters used - eight - and clues about flight paths. "The president probably had the opportunity to talk to the commanders on the ground".
Imperiled by an impeachment inquiry and facing fierce foreign policy criticism from within his own party, Trump reveled in the win Sunday, at first announcing the raid like so many of his predecessors, with solemnity for the mission in Syria and praise for the courageous Americans and allies who carried it out.
Trump said the raid would not change his decision to withdraw troops from Syria. And both wanted to see it happen.
Trump said that al-Baghdadi's death was confirmed via a DNA field test.
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He went into graphic detail on how al-Baghdadi was chased down and killed.
The killing of al-Baghdadi by USA forces leaves the ISIS without an obvious leader, a major setback for an organization that in March was forced by American troops and Kurdish forces out of the last portion of its self-declared "caliphate", which once spanned a swath of Iraq and Syria.
Many critics of the pullout have expressed concern both at the abandoning of the Kurdish forces who had been instrumental in defeating Islamic State in Syria, and that the move might allow the group to regain strength and pose a threat to US interests.
Baghdadi had always been sought by the United States as head of a jihadist group that at one point controlled large areas of Syria and Iraq, where it declared a caliphate. The terror group lost its last stronghold in Syria in March.
Moreover, these claims of a "staged photograph" are based on the assumption that the raid in Syria was underway or had concluded by 3:30 PM EDT on October 26, which doesn't appear to be the case.
File photo of militants of the Islamic State group holding up their weapons and waving its flags on their vehicles in a convoy to Iraq, in Raqqa, Syria.
The helicopters also over flew areas controlled by Turkish and Syrian forces.
Turkey's state news outlet Anadolu quoted military sources saying the operation was conducted in two phases over a four-hour period. They rescued 11 children and killed a yet unspecified number of adults. Five people who were wounded were taken for treatment. No U.S. forces were injured or killed, though a military dog was hurt, Trump said. USA intelligence officials have tried historically to "debunk that myth with some factual elements", Cressey says, as in when the Obama administration released information about pornographic materials found in Bin Laden's compound. He wrote that the U.S. He was released late in 2004, and rejoined the militants.
The death of Baghdadi is a severe blow to Islamic State, which has been in disarray and has no declared successor as leader yet. The chaos spread by Syria's civil war allowed the group to take root in the eastern part of the country, along the border with Iraq, which provided a springboard for its sweeping conquests in 2014.