"The thug who tried so hard to intimidate others spent his last moments in utter fear,” Trump said.
Trump said that Baghdadi detonated a suicide vest after special forces arrested him at the end of a tunnel.
Trump made his statement on Baghdadi’s death today morning, confirming earlier reports that the notorious terrorist leader died following a US-led military raid in eastern Syria.
Trump considers al-Baghdadi’s killing as both a personal victory–“wiping out ISIS” had been among his campaign promises–and an important step in the global fight against terrorism.
The US president said that al-Baghdadi died after he was running into a dead-end tunnel in Idlib in Syria “whimpering, crying and screaming all the way.”
Three of al-Baghdadi’s young children were also killed during the suicide detonation.
A BBC report has also confirmed the death of the ISIS leader. The blast “mutilated Baghdadi’s body but DNa tests confirmed his identity,” said the report.
Speaking with pride, Trump described al-Baghdadi as a “thug.”
“The thug who tried so had to intimidate others spent his last moments in utter fear, in total panic and dread, terrified of the American forces bearing down on him.”