Who killed Baghdadi

After secret operation - IS leader al-Baghdadi was killed in Syria

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  • The head of the Islamic State (IS) terrorist militia, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, is dead.
  • Al-Baghdadi was killed in an operation by US special forces in northwest Syria, said the US President in a speech in the White House.
  • Al-Baghdadi died when he detonated an explosive vest.
  • In addition to the terrorist chief, numerous of his fighters were also killed. Eleven children could have been evacuated.

Trump followed a large part of the operation live, said the US President and spoke of an "unbelievable effort" by US units.

Baghdadi and three children fled into a tunnel and were found there by dogs. As a result, he detonated an explosive vest and killed himself and the three children.

Identified with a DNA test

Baghdadi's body had been mutilated and the tunnel collapsed, but test results had confirmed "immediately, safely and positively" that the dead man was al-Baghdadi.

According to the US President, eight US helicopters were involved in the operation. The special forces stayed in the property for about two hours. In doing so, they found important material, including information about the IS’s “future plans”.

Brief assessment by Pascal Weber, Middle East correspondent

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The death of IS chief Baghdadi is symbolically weighty news, but Baghdadi's death will not stop the terror. Because Baghdadi may have been the head of the Islamic State, but he was not an important strategist or even an ideologist.

In addition, the reasons that led to the spread of the jihadists are still there: Authoritarian, repressive regimes that exploit the people instead of providing for them. Under these circumstances, ISIS may change, but it will not go away.

Million bounty suspended

The commander of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), Maslum Abdi, wrote on Twitter that Baghdadi's death was the result of more than five months of intelligence cooperation. The IS chief was then killed in a joint operation.

Russia doubts Baghdadi death

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Russia has doubts about the US information on the death of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. The leader of the terrorist militia Islamic State (IS) will now be declared dead “for the umpteenth time”, according to a statement published by the Russian Defense Ministry on Sunday.

In fact, according to Moscow, “no reliable information” is available, instead there are contradicting statements that “raise doubts ... about the success of the American operation”, Moscow said.

In fact, the terrorist leader had been falsely declared dead several times in the past.

The whereabouts of the IS chief, who had already been declared dead several times, was unknown. With the US $ 25 million bounty on offer, al-Baghdadi has been one of the most wanted terrorists in the world. Most recently, in April, IS had distributed a video with al-Baghdadi threatening the West with attacks.

Al-Baghdadi broke with al-Qaeda

Al-Baghdadi was born in the Iraqi city of Samarra in 1971. He graduated from Baghdad University with a degree in Islamic Studies. After the overthrow of long-term ruler Saddam Hussein in 2003, he spent a period in a US prison in Iraq.

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In 2010, al-Baghdadi took over the leadership of the al-Qaeda offshoot in Iraq, which at that time was still called "Islamic State in Iraq". Little by little the group began to expand into Syria.

Al-Baghdadi broke with al-Qaeda over this because he did not want to accept the terrorist network's demand to confine itself to Iraq.

Numerous fighters in Syria and Iraq

With the proclamation of the caliphate, the terrorist militia renamed itself Islamic State. Linked to this was the claim to unite and lead all Muslims worldwide. Gradually, however, the IS lost its territory in Iraq and Syria again. The IS was officially defeated with the fall of its last retreat in Baghus in eastern Syria.

Just a few months ago, however, the US-led anti-IS coalition assumed in a report that between 14,000 and 18,000 ISIS members are still in the former territory of the extremists between Syria and Iraq. IS branches are now active in numerous countries.

SRF 4 News, 9.00 a.m.; agencies / blac; zaus; muv

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  • Commentary from François Wiget (François Wiget)
    Deal between Erdogan and Trump: al-Baghdadi, who was until now under Erdogan's protective umbrella, was extradited to the Americans and in return the Kurds, who were under Trump's protective umbrella, were extradited to Erdogan and on top of that, the sanctions were as quickly as they were imposed, also canceled again. Everyone is satisfied - except for the Kurds
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  • Commentary from François Wiget (François Wiget)
    Deal between Erdogan and Trump: al-Baghdadi, who was until now under Erdogan's protective umbrella, was extradited to the Americans and in return the Kurds, who were under Trump's protective umbrella, were extradited to Erdogan and on top of that, the sanctions were as quickly as they were imposed, also canceled again. Everyone is satisfied - except for the Kurds
    Agree agree to the comment
  • Comment from Max Wyss (Pdfguru)
    Well, what did Trump do during the raid?

    You can guess once ...

    Golf…

    There is also a photograph haunted, which shows Trump with leading military in the "Situation Room" (during the raid). Unfortunately, the image's metadata says it was taken around two hours later.

    A prime example of propaganda ...
    Agree agree to the comment

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