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by Sharon Rondeau

Image: OCHA, Creative Commons 3.0

(Oct. 27, 2019) — The leader of the terrorist group ISIS, also known as ISIL and the Islamic State, Abū Bakr al-Baghdadi, is “confirmed” dead on Sunday morning by Fox News.

President Trump is scheduled to speak on the development at 9:00 a.m. EDT.

ISIS organized in the wake of the Syrian Civil War, which began in 2011, and devastated parts of Iraq and Syria in its intent to form a Middle-Eastern “caliphate.”

U.S. forces foiled that plan, President Trump and others  reported in the spring.

At 7:35 a.m., House Intelligence Committee ranking member Devin Nunes told the co-anchors of “Fox & Friends” that the committee did not have advance notice of the raid reportedly carried out on Baghdadi’s compound in northwest Syria.

“Baghdadi is believed to have been targeted a few miles inside the border with Turkey, on a notorious people-smuggling route,” CNN reported Sunday.

Earlier this month, Trump announced a U.S. Special Forces withdrawal from northern Syria, to much objection from retired military commanders and Trump allies alike.

On October 23, Trump said that “big success” had been achieved since his declaration that most U.S. troops would leave the area.

There was a $25 million “bounty” on al-Baghdadi’s head, Fox News reported Sunday morning.


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