Death of IS leader is a key moment - but it's not the end
He was the man who inspired terrorist attacks around the world, encouraged horrific beheadings in Iraq and Syria and created a cultish medieval-type "caliphate".Abu Bakr al Baghdadi did not have the charisma or status of other terrorist leaders like Osama bin Laden, but the impact of the terror franchise he created was felt around the world.
" Al - Baghdadi 's death will not rid the world of terrorism or end the ongoing conflict in Syria, but it will certainly send a message to those who would question America's resolve and provide a warning to terrorists who think they can hide," said Esper, who briefed reporters alongside Milley at the
America's top military officer said that U.S. special operations forces captured "two adult males" during the Mark Milley revealed in a Pentagon press conference on Monday that two men were "taken off the (MORE: President Trump says ISIS leader al - Baghdadi is dead after US military raid in Syria).
General Frank McKenzie, head of U.S. Central Command, released declassified images and video from the raid that resulted in the death of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi over the weekend. He described the images for reporters at the Pentagon on Wednesday.
This image shows the destruction of the compound in Idlib province in Syria where al-Baghdadi hid.
Islamic State's leader is dead but the terror group 'is expanding'
The threat from Islamic State is not finished, despite the death of its leader in a US military operation. That was the warning from experts after US President Donald Trump confirmed the death of Abu Bakr al Baghdadi on Sunday in Syria.Chris Costa, a former senior director for counter-terrorism for the National Security Council in the Trump administration, said: "The bottom line is: This puts the enemy on its heels, but the ideology - and this sounds so cliched - it is not dead.
The Pentagon on Wednesday released new images and video of the weekend raid that killed the ISIS head Abu Bakr al - Baghdadi , adding to Offering new details of the raid, McKenzie spoke as reporters at the Pentagon were shown footage of the special operations team assaulting al - Baghdadi ’s
Pentagon releases images from al - Baghdadi operation . Impeachment updates: Democrats summon Bolton to testify. Pentagon releases images from al - Baghdadi operation . General Frank McKenzie released images and video from the raid that resulted in the ISIS leader's death over the weekend.
U.S. Central Command shared video on Twitter that showed fighters near the compound beginning to fire on U.S. aircraft participating in the raid.
"...at the compound, fighters from two locations in the vicinity of the compound began firing on U.S. aircraft participating in the assault."— U.S. Central Command (@CENTCOM)
- Gen Frank McKenzie CDR USCENTCOM
And this is the compound where al-Baghdadi hid in Northwest Syria.
With Baghdadi in their sights, U.S. troops launched a ‘dangerous and daring nighttime raid’
U.S. troops blew holes in the walls of the compound in which the ISIS leader was staying. But much about the operation is a mystery.Taking off in eight helicopters from Iraq, the troops flew over hostile territory for hundreds of miles in the early Sunday morning darkness.
The Department of Defense has published video footage of the US special forces raid that killed Abu Bakr al - Baghdadi , the leader and so-called ‘Caliph’ of the Islamic State, in #BREAKING #US army has published a video from the operation to kill #ISIS leader Al Baghdadi pic.twitter.com/MSuTSit6Wi.
The Pentagon released on Wednesday (October 30) video of the raid that led to the death of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al - Baghdadi . The video shows U.S
Gallery: ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi killed in US raid (Photo Services)
He did not confirm a claim that President Trump made, that in al-Baghdadi's final moments, he was "screaming, crying and whimpering."
McKenzie also said that the DNA analysis confirming al-Baghdadi's identity showed "beyond a shadow of a doubt" that the man who died over the weekend was al-Baghdadi. He described it as a "direct match" that "produced a level of certainty that the remains belonged to Baghdadi of 1 in 104 septillion."
Ex-CIA Director Critiques Trump for Claiming Baghdadi Was 'Bigger' Than Bin Laden: 'There Wasn't a Competition'
Former acting CIA Director Michael Morell said President Donald Trump's assertion that Islamic State (ISIS) leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi's death was "bigger" than the killing of Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden was not how the situation should be viewed. "Bin Laden was big, but this was bigger," Trump argued on Sunday during a press conference. Trump announced to reporters and the world that Baghdadi was dead after Saturday's U.S. military operation, which was first reported by Newsweek.The president said that Baghdadi was "the biggest there is" and "the worst ever.
The United States has released a number of declassified images and video from the raid that left Daesh chief Abu Bakr al - Baghdadi dead. The Central Command’s release on Wednesday followed doubts about the reality of the raid on Baghdadi’s compound in Syria’s Idlib province.
WASHINGTON — President Trump knew the Central Intelligence Agency and Special Operations commandos were zeroing in on the location for Abu Bakr al - Baghdadi , the Islamic State leader, when he ordered American troops to withdraw from northern Syria earlier this month, intelligence
In explaining this level of certainty, McKenzie produced a slide that said "if the population of earth was 14.8 quadrillion times what it is today, you would still only expect to find one person with this DNA profile."
Al-Baghdadi's remains were "buried at sea in accordance with the Law of Armed conflict within 24 hours of his death," according to U.S. Central Command.
There was also a little more information revealed about the dog involved in the U.S. operation. He's a four-year veteran of the program, has been in 50 combat missions and was injured by exposed electrical cables in the tunnel. He has been returned to duty.
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Sister of slain ISIS leader Baghdadi arrested in intelligence 'gold mine,' Turkey says .
The older sister of the slain leader of the Islamic State group Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has been captured in northwestern Syria during a raid on Monday, according to a senior Turkish official, who called the arrest an intelligence "gold mine."Rasmiya Awad, 65, is suspected of being affiliated with the extremist group, the Turkish official said without elaboration.