Defense

The Leader Of ISIS Is Dead, Here’s What We Know

Caitlin McFall Video Journalist

President Donald Trump announced the death of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi saying he, “died after running into a dead-end tunnel, whimpering and crying and screaming all the way.”

The world’s most wanted man was found in northwest Syria by US Delta special forces Sunday.

Al-Baghdadi fled into a tunnel with three of his children, to reportedly  use them as human shields before detonating a suicide vest, killing them and himself.

This comes just days after the news that the US will not being pulling out entirely from Syria, contrary to what President Trump announced earlier this month.

The White House is reportedly now planning to keep about 500 troops in Syria to monitor oil fields in order to prevent them from falling into ISIS hands – which marks a significant shift in Trump’s military goals for the region. (RELATED: U.S. Forces Kill Another Top ISIS Official)

Removing Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi as the leader of ISIS is expected to have some effect on the organization, but some worry that a new leader will simply replace him and ISIS will continue.

While President Trump marks this as a great victory, his Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on ABC, “I think it’s going to have a major impact on the organization, but we will see over time.”

Tune in to see what we know so far about Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s death.

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