Syrian Kurdish forces say they killed close al-Baghdadi aide
Syrian Kurdish forces say they killed close al-Baghdadi aide
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28 October, 2019, 16:13
Trump also agreed to keep about 150 USA troops at a base in southern Syria.
"The flight in and the flight out was a very, very unsafe part".
"Had this escalated, had something gone wrong, had we gotten into a fire fight with the Russians, it's to the administration's advantage to say, 'We informed Congress we were going in, they were aware of the risks, '" he said. "We flew very, very low and very, very fast".
'The European nations have been a tremendous disappointment because I personally called, but my people called a lot, ' Trump said at the White House. There were around 12 helicopters then.
The president said Baghdadi died "after running into a dead-end tunnel, whimpering and crying and screaming".
According to The New York Times, however, the raid had been planned for months, but Trump's recent decision to pull USA troops from northern Syria "disrupted the meticulous planning and forced Pentagon officials to press ahead with a risky, night raid before their ability to control troops and spies and reconnaissance aircraft disappeared". Eleven children in the compound were removed uninjured, he said. That ideology doesn't end with Baghdadi or with ISIS.
"He reached the end of the tunnel as our dogs chased him down", Trump added.
But while Schiff was arguing the value of Congressional cover for an operation that could have escalated into World War Three, Trump was insisting that he did not tell Democrats in Congress about the planned killing because they could have leaked the information, i.e., that his political opponents are "traitors".
Baghdadi's body was "mutilated by the blasts", so United States forces had to use a DNA test onsite to confirm his identity.
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The video shows debris and rubble strewn across the area, identified as Barisha in Syria, with damaged cars and buildings. The surrounding areas are largely controlled by a rival of the Islamic State group - the al-Qaeda-linked Hayat Tahrir al-Sham, or HTS - although other jihadi groups sympathetic to ISIS operate there.
Escapes by Isis fighters from the camps have been reported since Mr Trump ordered the United States military to withdraw from Syria earlier this month, sparking Turkish airstrikes and a military incursion into the area.
"It was a very quick call that took place about 15 minutes after he was killed". "Baghdadi and the losers who work for him - and losers they are - had no idea what they were getting into". "A lovely dog - a talented dog - was injured and brought back".
When her death was confirmed, her family released a letter she sent from custody.
Where there any other casualties?
In an unusual Sunday morning statement, Mr Trump said U.S. special forces executed a "daring night-time raid" and accomplished their mission in grand style. Mr Trump said the women were both found wearing explosive vests that were not detonated. "But the question arises, why America followed Baghdadi until he entered Idlib?" the journalist said, questioning the USA actions. It was unclear Sunday whether al-Baghdadi similarly was given a code name for the Idlib raid.
Konashenkov argued in his statement that the Syrian government, backed by Russian air power had defeated ISIS, saying that al-Baghdadi's death "has absolutely no operational significance on the situation in Syria or on the actions of the remaining terrorists in Idlib". He added: "That's where they want to go, they want to go back to their homes. The world is now a much safer place".
This picture taken on March 24, 2019 shows a discarded ISIS flag lying on the ground in the village of Baghouz in Syria's eastern Deir Ezzor province near the Iraqi border, a day after ISIS' "caliphate" was declared defeated by the US -backed Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces.
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