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President Trump Announces Death of ISIL Leader : October 27, 2019

President Trump Announces Death of ISIL Leader
Lyndi Schrecengost

Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s life came to a violent end following a U.S. military raid carried out October 26–27, 2019, in northwest Syria. Tracked by military dogs and cornered by U.S. special operations forces at the end of a dead-end tunnel, the self-styled caliph detonated a suicide vest, killing himself, two women (also wearing suicide vests that had not detonated), and three children, reportedly his own, who were with him. There were no U.S. casualties.

Baghdadi’s Radicalism

Born in the central Iraqi city of Samarra into a religious Sunni Arab family, Baghdadi’s birth name was recorded ...

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