October 27, 2019
Trump has achieved total political competence at last and faked the death of a major terrorist to boost his popularity.
Only he’s doing it for good, as he’s also doing it to justify ending the Syrian war.
President Trump on Sunday announced that Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the elusive Islamic State leader, died during a U.S. military operation in Syria, a major breakthrough more than five years after the militant launched a self-proclaimed caliphate that inspired violence worldwide.
“Last night the United States brought the world’s Number One terrorist leader to justice,” Trump said in a televised announcement from the White House. “He was a sick and depraved man, and now he’s gone.”
The president described what he called a “dangerous and daring” nighttime operation by U.S. Special Operations forces in northwestern Syria, which involved firefights and culminated in what he said was a retreat by Baghdadi into a tunnel. There, Baghdadi detonated an explosive vest, killing himself and three of the six children he was believed to have.
The high-risk operation brings a dramatic end to a years-long hunt for the man who spearheaded the Islamic State’s transformation from an underground insurgent band to a powerful quasi-state that straddled two countries and spawned copycat movements across several continents.
Trump said Baghdadi, a longtime militant who was once held in a U.S.-run prison in Iraq, had been tracked over the past two weeks to a compound in Syria’s Idlib province that was laid with tunnels. He said no U.S. personnel died during the operation but that other militants were killed.
The raid comes as the United States scrambles to adjust its posture in Syria in the wake of Trump’s decision to curtail the U.S. military mission there. Trump faced widespread criticism, including from members of his own party, when he declared earlier this month that he would pull out nearly all of the approximately 1,000 troops in Syria amid a Turkish offensive against Syrian Kurdish troops who have been the Pentagon’s main battlefield partner there. But evolving plans now call for a larger residual force that could mean a substantial ongoing campaign.
During his remarks, Trump thanked officials in other nations, including Russia and Turkey, and the Syrian Kurdish forces.
Trump said the operation had been in the works for at least several weeks, saying that earlier plans to strike had been postponed. He said eight helicopters ferried in American troops from an unspecified location in what he described as a risky, roughly hour-long flight.
It’s funny because the Democrats can’t call him out for hoaxing this after Obama did the biggest terrorist assassination hoax ever by hoaxing the Seal Team Six assassination of Osama bin Laden AKA Sandy bin Hook.
I don’t know who cares about this. I don’t really think anyone does anymore. It’s just a talking point.
But everyone needs talking points. Especially when you’re trying to combat the talking points of the entire Jew media that is trying to get you to go to war forever against everyone.