The death of ISIS leader and world’s most wanted terrorist Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in an American air raid in northwest Syria is a major victory in the enduring mission to defeat the dreaded terror group, the US Secretary of Defence, Mr. Mark Esper, has said.
'This is a great day for America and a great day for the world. Last night, US joint special operations forces and inter-agency partners flawlessly executed a Commander-in-Chief-directed operation to capture or kill Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi,' he said.
'As a result, Baghdadi, who led the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria terrorist movement and inspired one of the most brutal and misguided terror campaigns in modern history, is dead at the hands of the US military,' Mr. Esper said.
The ISIS leader was taken down by the US Special Forces during an air raid in his hideout in northwest Syria on Saturday night. Mr. Esper was part of a small group of people who were aware of the top-secret operation and watched the raid live form the Situation Room of the White House.
In a statement, the Defence Secretary said, 'With our partners we defeated the physical caliphate of ISIS earlier this year and now its founder and leader is dead. This is a major victory in the enduring defeat ISIS mission.'
United States National Security Adviser Robert O’Bri