ISIS Leader Killed By U.S. Special Forces

ISIS Leader Killed By U.S. Special Forces

Borrowed From Wikipedia

Carlos Recinos, Author

ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was killed in a raid on October 26, 2019. Delta Operators conducted this Top Secret Operation in the Idlib Governorate in Syria. The 1st Special Forces Operational Detachment-Delta (SFOD-D), commonly referred to as Delta Force, is an elite special operation force of the United States Army. The unit is tasked with specialized missions primarily involving counter-terrorism, hostage rescue, direct action, and special recon. Delta is top secret, and the U.S government does not directly fund its program. 

A Kurdish Informant close to Baghdadi helped track down Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. The Informant then handed off valuable information like; Floor plans to his hideout, the number of guards, and locations of escape tunnels to the U.S Military, C.I.A., Iraqi, and Kurdish intelligence officials.  

During the raid, Baghdadi was chased down one of his escape tunnels and committed suicide with an explosive vest taking three children’s lives along with his own. 

No Delta Operators were harmed on this raid, although one military working dog suffered severe injuries. Many of these dogs enter dangerous areas before U.S troops and are very important to the teams strategically and at times emotionally. 

The Death of Baghdadi has broken down the morale of the remaining ISIS fighters. Although Baghdadi was killed, it does not mean that ISIS will cease to exist. Delta was on Baghdadi’s property for Two hours recovering cell phones and laptops, which are incredibly crucial to capturing other high-value targets. 

Morale is high in the U.S with youtube videos and comments all over social media on “The Raid.” Dan Crenshaw (Former Navy Seal) and now Texas Representative stated,  “I understand that people get frustrated with our extended presence there. But let’s not forget, we had a very cost-effective small footprint which led to this outcome.”