Sunday morning statement, President Trump announce the death of Abu Baker as-Baghdadi, describing the night-time operation in extraordinary detail. Baghdadi ignited a suicide vest, killing himself and three of his children and causing the tunnel to collapse. No US personnel were killed but one of the dogs was seriously injured in the explosion. Abu Baker as-Baghdadi’s death has been confirmed with an onsite DNA test.
Baghdadi, real name Ibrahim Awwad Ibrahim al-Badri, emerged in 2010 as the leader of an umbrella group that included al-Qaeda in Iraq, and rose to prominence when IS militants captured the Iraqi city of Mosul in 2014 and declared the creation of a “caliphate”. He had a reputation as a highly organized and ruthless battlefield tactician and was described as the world’s most wanted man.