US Wants to Bolster Fight Against Islamic State After Its Leader's Death
- Author: Delia Davidson Oct 30, 2019,
Oct 30, 2019, 1:15
President Donald Trump said that a dog, part of the U.S. operation that resulted in the death of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi over the weekend, was injured while chasing Baghdadi down a dead-end tunnel.
That U.S. forces neither used Turkey's nearby Incirlik air base as a staging ground nor informed Ankara about the target of the operation in advance testifies to the unreliability of an ally Mr. Trump says he is counting on to prevent the Islamic State's resurgence.
Two of them said they immediately began messaging each other after Trump's address saying 'uh where is he getting that?'.
Mr Esper said last week that a "mechanised" force would reinforce U.S. positions in the oil region, meaning a force equipped with tanks or Bradley infantry carriers. While speaking to reporters at the White House Sunday, the SC lawmaker said even the president's biggest critics should be saying "well done".
Three of al-Baghdadi's children were also killed in the blast. He did not identify al-Baghdadi's alleged successor.
"It's classified, we're protecting the dog's identity", said Milley.
Trump said the troop pullout "had nothing to do with this", and said Kurdish forces were among the many sides co-operating in the al-Baghdadi operation.
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Mr Trump has said that the Kurds provided some information "helpful" to the operation.
Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman General Mark Milley said no one was injured in the operation, despite the United States team taking fire when they arrived.
The hunt for Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi - whose extremists have unleashed ghastly violence on civilians across the Middle East and beyond - has been a top Western priority but was complicated by the messy divisions in war-ravaged Syria.
One thing that both Milley and Secretary of Defense Mark Esper made clear, however, is that the exercise demonstrated America's ability to neutralize targets wherever they may hide.
Trump himself wouldn't say how he knew about al-Baghdadi's tears Sunday.
He also said the terrorism that exists in the Middle East and North Africa is the result of Washington's militaristic policies, its oil-driven interventions and its support for dictators. About two hours later, the special forces team that lead the operation declared "jackpot" to announce they had killed the terrorist leader.