Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi Dies in Night-Time Raid

Nicholas Millard, National and World News

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 On October 27, 2019, the leader of the ISIS caliphate in Syria died in a U.S. raid on his compound in the province of Idlib. The cause of death was reported to be that he blew himself up when he was cornered by U.S. armed forces.

All of this was possible with the help of a Kurdish spy and a pair of underwear. In the months leading up to the raid, the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) used their intelligence sources to track a man that was supposed to be Baghdadi, but with no real proof that he was, they were unable to launch any form of attack. The only way they could prove for certain it was him was with a DNA sample. So, with a Kurdish spy, they stole a pair of his underwear. After some tests were run, it was proven that he was in fact Baghdadi.  With that information, the raid was launched, ending in his death.

After his death became public, the press had a field day, but one report on what had taken place is seeing a large amount of controversy. Donald Trump tweeted classified and sensitive info ripe with hyperbole and false information on the raid.  In one of the tweets, he said, “We have declassified a picture of the wonderful dog (name not declassified) that did such a GREAT JOB in capturing and killing the Leader of ISIS, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi!” Many U.S. officials commented on their disappointment with the president, while others levied their worry about giving him classified information in the future because it may be leaked by his lack of a filter.

As many celebrate the death of Bagdadi, others feel that this victory is a hollow one. The reason for this being that some believe he will just be replaced by another person and the terror wrought by ISIS will continue. This argument was challenged by  Trump when he tweeted a few days ago that they “Just confirmed that Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s number one replacement has been terminated by American troops. Most likely would have taken the top spot – Now he is also Dead!” The White House has not yet backed up Trump’s claim but on Monday an official for the state department has commented that the spokesmen for ISIS, Abu al-Hassan al-Muhajir,  was killed in a strike on Sunday.

 It is unknown whether  Baghdadi’s death will truly cripple ISIS in the long run, but we can say that his passing away is a win forever small or large it may be. Though, all that can be done is to wait and see for what the future holds.