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Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of ISIS, was killed in an American raid in northwest Syria Saturday night

According to President Trump, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the elusive leader of ISIS and the most wanted man in the world, was killed in an American raid in northwest Syria Saturday night. The US military, aided by Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), reportedly carried out a two-hour nighttime raid on Baghadi’s compound in which American forces killed a “large number” of ISIS rebels without suffering any casualties. US forces furthermore cornered Baghdadi in a dead-end tunnel, where Baghadi ignited a suicide vest killing himself and three children. The death of Baghdadi raises substantial questions on the future of the Islamic State. ~

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has been regarded by followers of ISIS as the supreme political and spiritual leader of the Islamic State and all muslims worldwide since his quiet rise to power in 2014. Baghdadi is globally known for leading the transformation of the Islamic State from a ragtag insurgency to a global power of terror that orchestrated attacks in countries around the world and attracted tens of thousands of fighters to its so-called “caliphate” in Iraq and Syria. According to CNN, Baghdadi kept extremely low-profile, only being seen in public once and on social media a handful of times, yet still had significant influence over the actions taken by the Islamic State until his death. The US forces were able to positively identify Baghdadi “about 15 minutes after he was killed” through DNA testing. ~

The death of Baghdadi is just the latest defeat for ISIS, which lost its last stronghold in Syria in March and has faced increasing pressure by world powers and domestic foes in recent years. According to a report issued by the Pentagon’s Inspector General in August, however, the group still has between 14,000 and 18,000 fighters in the region between Syria and Iraq and operates in West Africa, Libya, Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula, Afghanistan, and the Philippines. Despite this, President Trump spoke regarding the future of ISIS following Saturday’s raid, stating that US forces “obtained highly sensitive material and information from the raid, much having to do with ISIS — origins, future plans, things that we very much want.” ~

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