Sunday is traditionally considered a “day-of-rest” and usually void of any noteworthy national news.
However this past Sunday, the tradition took a back seat, as news outlets across the nation broke into scheduled programming to announce that the number one Muslim terrorist, ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi had been killed – in a dangerous and daring nighttime U.S military operation conducted by an elite Special Forces team.
Fox Sunday News programming usually recaps the previous week’s issues, quickly announced the breaking news, that the elusive ISIS leader hunted by the United States for over 6-years, with a $25 million dollar bounty on his head, was finally cornered and killed.
President Trump was scheduled to speak around 9 a.m. to confirm to the nation that the brutal murderous terrorist had been eliminated. Around 9:20 a.m. a somber and subdued Trump addressed the nation, confirming what news outlets had been acknowledging for better then 2-hours through their sources, that al-Baghdadi was indeed dead.
The President then shared for the viewing audience what he had witnessed in “real-time” al-Baghdadi’s final moments on earth, stating that the evil terrorist “died a vicious and violent way, like a coward, running and crying.”
Adding, “He died like a dog, he died like a coward.” A far cry from former President Obama insisting on giving the mastermind of 9/11, Osama Bin Laden, dignified burial at sea within 24 hours of his death as prescribed by Muslim law.
At the time Obama lamented, “Frankly, we took more care on this than, obviously, bin Laden took when he killed 3,000 people. He didn’t have much regard for how they were treated and desecrated. But that, again, is something that makes us different. And I think we handled it appropriately.”
One wonders if Obama would have accorded Adolf Hitler the same consideration.
Perhaps even more troubling are the persistent rumors concerning reports that Obama hesitated in giving the kill order to take out Bin Laden, and in fact it may have been Central Intelligence Agency head Leon Panetta, who may actually have issued the kill order, based on orders signed by the President earlier in the day to proceed to conduct the operation under Title 50, moreover it still isn’t clear if Obama was actually in the Situation Room, the moment Bin Laden was taken out.
President Trump by contrast, detailed the operation to the viewing audience explaining how the successful U.S. military operation in northwest Syria Saturday night took roughly two hours.
The operation began with 8-attack helicopters along with support military assets in the region flying low from an undisclosed air base over hostile terrain, controlled by several warring factions including Russia, Turkey, Syria, and Iraq. The President described this as perhaps the most hazardous part of the operation.
Once the elite Special Forces team arrived at the well-fortified compound, they quickly engaged the hostile al-Baghdadi forces in a fierce and violent, however brief firefight and quickly neutralized the enemy, killing and wounding a large number of terrorists while others simply gave up. The Special Forces team then quickly breached the sidewalls of the compound using explosives, rushing in and quickly eliminating additional resistance.
Trump then described witnessing al-Baghdadi “whimpering and crying and screaming all the way” grabbing 3-children as human shields running into a dead-end tunnel with an American bomb dog in pursuit, and then suddenly detonating his suicide vest, killing himself and the 3-children.
The President’s mood still low keyed however forceful reminded the viewers of the recent death of Hamza bin Laden, son of al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, stating, “Our reach is very long.”
Adding, “These savage monsters will not escape their fate, and they will not escape the final judgment of God.”
The United States had been looking for al-Baghdadi for years; his death the President acknowledges puts an end to “the top national security priority of my administration.” The President on Sunday thanked the brave Special Forces team along with all the support entities involved in making this hazardous mission a success, including thanking Russia, Turkey, Syria, Iraq, and the Kurds in the region, for cooperating.
“No personnel were lost in the operation, while a large number of Baghdadi’s fighters and companions were killed with him,” Trump said, adding that the U.S. recovered “highly sensitive” materials related to ISIS. “You are the very best anywhere in the world,” Trump later said of the U.S. forces.