Mission accomplished. Time to withdraw in triumph. Al-Baghdadi (not a rapper) is dead:
The United States military has conducted a special operations raid targeting one of its most high-value targets, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the Islamic State militant group (ISIS), Newsweek has learned. President Donald Trump approved the mission nearly a week before it took place.
Amid reports Saturday of U.S. military helicopters over the Syria’s northwestern Idlib province, a senior Pentagon official familiar with the operation and Army official briefed on the matter told Newsweek that Baghdadi was the target of the top-secret operation in the last bastion of the country’s Islamist-dominated opposition, a faction that has clashed with ISIS in recent years.
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A U.S. Army official briefed on the results of the operation told Newsweek that Baghdadi was killed in the raid, and the Defense Department told the White House they have “high confidence” that the high-value target killed was Baghdadi, but further verification is pending DNA and biometric testing. The senior Pentagon official said there was a brief firefight when U.S. forces entered the compound in Idlib’s Barisha village and that Baghdadi then killed himself by detonating a suicide vest.
One hopes they rapidly conducted one of those traditional Islamic sea-burials that nobody has ever heard of. Otherwise, the “leader” of the leaderless ISIS might rise again, only to die ten years from now from renal failure.
The great news! If any of this actually happened, then these same tactics can be used on real terrorists and enemy combatants in DC and NY. The sooner the better.