Leader of ISIS killed in American military raid

Colton Mudloff, Reporter

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Abu Bakr al-Bagdadi is believed to have been born in Iraq and raised in a very religious environment. Not a lot is known about al-Bagdadi’s early life but it is thought that his grandfather witnessed the US occupation of Iraq. His father was active in the religious community where they lived. Eventually al-Bagdadi joined the jihad.

Having aspirations to expand and attack the west directly, al-Bagdadi built and led the group known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

The Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC), Delta Force, crossed Russian and Turkish controlled airspace into Syria to capture al-Bagdadi. Al-Bagdadi, chased and corned into a tunnel by American military dogs, detonated a suicide vest killing himself and three small children. Two of al-Bagdadi’s wives were also killed in the raid, the wives were wearing suicide vests.

President Donald Trump’s rhetorical speech to the public has sparked a bit of controversy beyond just being pro military. He spoke of al-Bagdadi cowering like a scared animal. The other men who were killed at the at the compound were defending al-Bagdadi. He claimed he got to watch much of the raid and was fascinated, likening it to a movie.

There are people off-put by Trump’s remarks as they believe them to either be pointlessly gruesome or braggadocious. Some fear the possible retaliatory attacks following the president’s remarks and recap. Regardless of fears or controversy due to the rhetoric used by Trump, there has been a visible uptick in gratitude for the American heros, human or canine, and for the countries that assisted the US in this raid. The President did not falter in his appreciation to Russia, Turkey, Syria, and other countries.

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