SAN DIEGO. U.S. led special operations forces and military working dogs rained justice down on Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, founder and leader of ISIS. The Whitehouse announced Sunday the death of the world’s most wanted man. Al-Baghdadi, a former university professor, took the reins of ISIS in 2014. This wily tactician hid in the shadows, while he and his followers forced religious confessions from his victims through murder and vile torture.
Using video to proudly display their evil atrocities to spark global outrage and local fear.
President Trump’s top national security priority was crossing al-Baghdadi off the wanted terrorist list.
The daring operation is named in honor of one of al-Baghdadi’s victims, Kayla Mueller, a 26-year-old American aid worker taken captive in Aleppo Syria in 2013. In August 2015, ABC News reported that Abu Sayyaf’s widow, Umm Sayyaf, had confirmed that al-Baghdadi had been Mueller’s primary abuser, repeatedly raping and inflicting agony upon her.
Al-Baghdadi chased down and cornered.
Imagine a specialized military working dog, trained to take down lethal threats, charges down a corridor towards you. Once latched on – their teeth embed until their Handler commands otherwise.
With the ‘it’s a go’ order from their President, Special operations forces back the dogs, bedecked with survival armor and weaponry. Al-Baghdadi escapes justice on earth by igniting the suicide vest he reportedly always wears.
Tragically, dragging three of his children to die with him.
The Whitehouse reports that one of the Military Working Dogs was wounded and two United States military members were slightly wounded, but have returned to duty.
Rest assured the injured military dog receives the very best battlefield care. Status is unknown at this time.
ISIS among the most depraved insurgencies in history.
The families of innocent Americans James Foley, Steven Sotloff, Peter Kassig and the young Kayla Mueller suffered unimaginable horror as al-Baghdadi’s ISIS minions heinously executed their loved ones. al-Baghdadi burned Jordanian pilot, Muath Safi Yousef al-Kasasbeh, wearing the ‘orange suit’ of death, while trapped in a cage.
In 2015, ISIS purportedly beheaded Japanese journalist Kenji Goto. (Graphic visual references to these killings left out of this story in order to respect the families of these individuals).
ISIS publicly beheaded more than 300 people under Al-Baghdadi, committed genocidal killings of the Yazidi population, executed Christians in Egypt and Libya, and killed thousands of captured prisoners of war, states a Whitehouse fact sheet.
This lust for blood and power has nothing to do with a religious cause. Is strictly evil inflicted upon humanity.
Al-Baghdadi’s global jihad worked an intricate network of offensives to force religious governance upon the masses. Al-Baghdadi claimed to be the appointed caliph heir and ruler.
His physical caliphate met defeat on March 23, 2019. The victory was a culmination of a five-year U.S. led Coalition fight stripping ISIS control of any geographical territory. This spared civilians from hardship and violent death.
Thousands fled ISIS encroachment to neighboring countries and slowly return to the homes of their birth. Instability of middle-eastern regions sees impressive, lasting control, brought about by U.S. and Coalition training of Syrian, Iraqi military and police forces. Enduring defeat partnerships keep security strong and operative, plus root out networks and remnants of ISIS fighters.
Secretary of Defense Mark Esper stated his praise for how
“U.S. joint special operations forces and interagency partners flawlessly executed a Commander-in-Chief directed operation to capture or kill Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.”
He accused Al-Baghdadi of inspiring, in both the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, “one of the most brutal and misguided terror campaigns in modern history.” And lauded the United States military who accomplished ‘the mission’.
This victory stands as another irrefutable example of how the U.S. military commits to the enduring defeat of ISIS so it can never again regain a caliphate. Continuing to train counterinsurgency forces and military working dogs to accomplish it.
How the operation all went down.
Planning for the operation began weeks ago after the U.S. gained unspecified intelligence on al-Baghdadi’s whereabouts, said Trump, as reported in Star Tribune.
“Al-Baghdadi’s presence in the village a few kilometers from the Turkish border was surprising, even if some IS leaders are believed to have fled to Idlib after losing their last sliver of territory in Syria to U.S.-allied Kurdish forces in March,” says Star Tribune, adding,
“Iraqi officials said Sunday they passed information that helped ascertain al-Baghdadi’s whereabouts to the U.S. from the wife of an Iraqi aide to al-Baghdadi, as well as al-Baghdadi’s brother-in-law, who was recently arrested by the Iraqis. The officials weren’t authorized to publicly discuss intelligence operations and spoke on condition of anonymity.”
It was a Saturday night raid.
Trump leads a team effort of U.S. military and its partners from across the counterterrorism community.
Other countries with other forces in the region receive notification that American forces will move through the area. Later, in a national address, Trump describes the danger for American special operations forces flying in Syria’s northwestern Idlib province, over heavily militarized territory.
“Eight military helicopters flew for more than an hour over territory controlled by Russian and Syrian forces, Trump said, before landing under gunfire at the compound,” reports Star Tribune.
Trump joined five of his top advisors in the Situation Room. Included were national security advisor Robert O’Brien, Vice President Mike Pence, Defense Secretary Mark Esper, Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Mark Milley and Brig. Gen. Marcus Evans. They watch with grave faces as troops and military dogs pursue al-Baghdadi. Killing himself and three children is his final act of terror.
Start Tribune continues, “Trump vividly described the raid and took extensive questions from reporters for more than 45 minutes Sunday. He said U.S. forces breached the walls of the building because the doors were booby-trapped and chased al-Baghdadi into the tunnel, which partially collapsed after al-Baghdadi detonated the suicide vest.”
Two hours after helicopters lifted off.
The Special Operations force commander on the ground reports al-Baghdadi as dead. This was 7:15 pm Eastern Daylight Time on October 26.
Trump wanted the world to know al-Baghdadi spent his final moments “crying”, “whimpering” and “screaming.”
All the fighters and suicide bombers he sent out with promises of glory and martyrdom saw an inglorious end to the man that once inspired them. History turns a page. The haunting cries of his victims still abound, yet deep sighs – even tears of relief come forth that he will harm no more.
Special operations forces demanded surrender from people in the compound with al-Baghdadi. Those resistors met a lethal bullet says the Whitehouse. Eleven young children move from the house, uninjured. al- Baghdadi’s fighters and companions die with him. No U.S. personnel lose lives or limbs in the operation.
On site test results of al-Baghdadi’s body provide certain, positive ID. U.S. forces collect valuable intelligence from the compound and as a result, military leaders and planners stop ISIS in its tracks. The terrorist has been given a Muslim burial at sea.
This last act in accordance with Islamic law, the same outcome as Bin Laden.
Trump honors all warrior heroes of the U.S. Military.
The military working dog is “a beautiful dog, a talented dog,” says Trump. Now one of those special forces dog will forever be known as leading the takedown of the world’s ISIS leader. This serving canine needs mega prayers.
Our Commander-in-Chief salutes U.S. Soldiers, Airmen, Sailors, and Marines. He says they are “the very best there is anywhere in the world.” He thanks his advisors and other professionals and agencies critical to mission success.
A Trump thumbs up for “certain support” from Russia, Turkey, Syria, Iraq, and Syrian Kurds. He appreciates great intelligence professionals who helped make “the very successful journey possible.”
ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was a misguided evil man leading other men to do misguided evil acts. Who will take his place?
It’s not hard to see why the enduring defeat of ISIS remains a global concern. People may breathe a little easier at this significant moment in time. Yet, the threat survives al-Baghdadi’s death. And, we see what happens when the U.S. and other nations cooperate for the good of all. The earth expels its evil. If there is ever doubt about the commitment to the enduring defeat of ISIS – just watch this:
This ABC report on al-Baghdadi contains graphic warlike material.
Update October 28, 2019_______________________________
From the Pentagon: The military working dog who was “slightly wounded” during the tactical raid that killed ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi returned her unit, Army Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said on Monday. ‘Our very good girl’ is a Belgian Malinois, and is fully recovering to continue serving as the ‘first line of defense’ with her Handler. What a beauty. So glad she’s safe.
Featured Photo: SYRIA. A U.S. Army Special Forces Multi-Purpose Canine team waits to clear a house full of improvised explosive devices in the Middle Euphrates River Valley's Deir Ezzor province, Syria, Oct. 11, 2018. Coalition Forces are committed to defeating ISIS as they provide support and assistance to the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in the fight to eliminate the last ISIS stronghold. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Matthew Crane