Washington, Oct 27 : US President Donald Trump on Sunday confirmed the death of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, saying he had been killed in a US military operation in Syria.
Trump said at the White House that US Special Operations Forces conducted a raid on Saturday night targeting al-Baghdadi in northwest Syria, during which al-Baghdadi killed himself by igniting a suicide vest, Xinhua reported.
Trump said, "Last night, the United States brought the world's number one terrorist leader to justice. Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is dead."
The death of al-Baghdadi demonstrates the US commitment to "he enduring and total defeat of ISIS (the IS) and other terrorist organisations", Trump added.Al-Baghdadi, whose real name was Ibrahim Awad al-Badri, was the person who announced the establishment of a caliphate (so-called Islamic State) in 2014.According to US media, citing defence officials, the operation was carried out in Idlib in northwestern Syria.
Trump confirmed that no US security personnel was killed in the operation, terming it a 'great success'. The US forces used eight helicopters in the special operation."We were in the compound for approximately two hours, and after the mission was accomplished we took highly sensitive material and information from the raid," Trump noted.
He also expressed his gratitude to Russia, Turkey, Syria, Iraq and Syrian Kurds for their help in the operation.(UNI)