Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi: What we know about United States raid in Syria

Abu Bakr al Baghdadi was killed Saturday night in a U.S. raid in northern Syria

As with the 2011 targeted killing of Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden in Pakistan, it is likely that the account given of Baghdadi's death will over time prove to be largely fabricated.

Europe has been reluctant to allow the fighters back in but Trump warned he would "drop them right on your border" if they are not sent back to face justice.

The death of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is a new blow to the extremist group that once controlled swathes of Iraq and Syria but in no way marks an end to the threat posed by the jihadists. "They came from France, they came from Germany, they came from the United Kingdom - they came from a lot of countries", he said.

"Unfortunately even if we say on ground ISIS fighters have no longer any strength, you still have to think about the silent cells around the world, in western countries etcetera", she said.

"They could walk back - they can't walk to our country", he said. "Because while they build their military, we're depleting our military there". "The tunnel had caved in on it in addition", Trump said.

"These savage monsters will not escape their fate and they will not escape the final judgment of God", he said. He added that he may "make a deal with an ExxonMobil or one of our great companies" to go in and exploit it "properly".

While confirming the real motive for the wars launched in the name of fighting terrorism and "weapons of mass destruction"-securing USA hegemony over strategic oil-producing regions-Trump also provided a blunt explanation of why he and significant layers within the USA ruling class want a strategic shift from the wars in the Middle East. We could have given it to them, they could have trials, they could have done whatever they wanted". Less than a week after his latest message, Trump claimed victory over ISIS. The pullback also was viewed as an abandonment of the U.S.'s only ally in Syria, the Kurdish-led forces, who fought IS for years with the U.S-led coalition. Baghdadi, who was believed to have been born in Iraq perhaps in 1971, proclaimed himself Caliph of the Islamic State in 2013.

Events developed quickly once the White House learned on Thursday there was "a high probability" that al-Baghdadi would be at an Idlib province compound.

However, reports have suggested it may be preparing to transfer children of British jihadis, although it is not known if the policy would only apply to unaccompanied children and orphans. Both sides claim territory in Idlib and Aleppo, where they have faced frequent Syrian and Russian assaults.

Though his death will unsettle Islamic State, it remains capable and unsafe, said Delfin Lorenzana, defence secretary of the Philippines, where the group's influence has taken a hold among unschooled Muslim youth in its troubled Mindanao region.

Trump said USA military helicopters flew over territory controlled by Russian and Syrian forces before landing at Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi's compound.

But just before landing at the compound, United States forces came under fire. He said: "Isis is one of the most murderous terrorist organisations of our generation". I welcome the action that has been taken.

"The bottom line is: This puts the enemy on its heels, but the ideology - and this sounds so cliched - it is not dead", said Chris Costa, a former senior director for counterterrorism for the National Security Council in the Trump administration. Daesh has imposed awful suffering on innocent civilians.

It also said the information about Baghdadi's general location had been provided by one of his wives, who was arrested and interrogated during the summer, as well as a courier who was similarly questioned. However, the poisonous ideology remains and we must work effectively with our global allies and partners in rooting it out.

"He died like a dog, he died like a coward".

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