U.S. Special Operations task forces conducted a top-secret raid in Idlib targeting ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi last night.
Newsweek reported that a U.S. Army spokesman had confirmed that Baghdadi was the target and the Defense Department told President Trump that they have “high confidence” the raid successfully killed the target.
The Turkish Defense Ministry claimed to have exchange information with the U.S. prior to the raid in Idlib province.
Idlib is not in the region where U.S. forces were based or where President Trump had announced the troop drawdown that drew so much disdain from Washington’s ruling elites.
Now, barely a week after President Trump announced the troop withdrawal, it appears that the Turkish government may have provided critical information that led to the location of al-Baghdadi, perhaps in return for having helped them secure their border.
Idlib had become a refuge for jihadist forces, many of whom are/were associated with al-Qaeda.
Those jihadist forces had held off efforts by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s, Russian-backed military to retake the region.
If this is confirmed during the overnight it would explain President Trump’s tweet from 9:23pm yesterday:
Shortly after the president’s tweet Hogan Gidley, White House deputy press secretary announced that the President of the United States will be making a major statement tomorrow morning at 9 o’clock from the White House.
Al-Baghdadi, the fundamentalist Islamic cleric became the leader of the ISIS terror group in 2010 after having led the insurgency against U.S. troops following the 2003 invasion of Iraq.
Baghdadi had been in hiding for the last five years.
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