Fugitive IS leader, Baghdadi killed in U.S military operation in Syria

Fugitive IS leader, Baghdadi killed in U.S military operation in Syria

U.S President Donald Trump says the fugitive leader of the Islamic State (IS) group has been killed in a US military operation in northwest Syria.

Speaking from the White House, Trump said Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi detonated his suicide vest during a raid by special forces late on Saturday.

Baghdadi came to prominence in 2014, when he announced the creation of a “caliphate” in areas of Iraq and Syria.

IS carried out a number of atrocities that resulted in thousands of deaths.
The jihadist group imposed a brutal rule on almost eight million people in the areas under its control and was behind a number of attacks in cities around the world.

The US declared the “caliphate” defeated earlier this year.; however no US soldiers had been killed but a number of Baghdadi’s followers died in this latest attack.

According to the BBC, Baghdadi, whose real name was Ibrahim Awwad Ibrahim al-Badri, had a reputation as a highly organised and ruthless battlefield tactician.

He was described as the world’s most wanted man.

He was born near Samarra, north of Baghdad, in 1971, and reports suggest he was a cleric in a mosque in the city around the time of the US-led invasion in 2003.
Some believe he was already a jihadist during the rule of former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein.

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