ISIS leader killed in Army op

Rebecca Neipp

News Review Staff Writer

President Donald Trump issued confirmation Sunday morning that Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi — leader of the Islamic State in Syria terrorist organization — was confirmed dead.

Trump described in detail a raid by Army Delta Force commandos who apparently cornered the self-declared caliph, prompting him to detonate a suicide vest killing himself and three children surrounding him.

“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,” said Trump.

House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy, who represents the IWV in Congress, noted that the announcement “should confirm for the world what many already knew — that terrorists cannot outlast or outmatch the commitment of the U.S. counterterrorism apparatus. We will not stop or waver in destroying terrorist leaders wherever they hide.”

Although there is no confirmed tie between China Lake and the operation that took down Baghdadi, local resources were reportedly instrumental in previous attacks on ISIS and the Islamic State in Libya.

“May God bless the men and women in our military who protect us and make us proud every day with their efforts and achievements in continuing the fight against terrorism,” said McCarthy.

Pictured: Rep. Kevin McCarthy

Story First Published: 2019-11-01