The Pentagon released new footage this week of the operation in Syria that led to the death of ISIS mastermind Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi; saying the videos show “America’s reach” around the globe in tracking down terrorists.
Original Story: October 28, 2019
President Trump defended his decision to keep members of Congress in the dark on the successful raid that ultimately killed ISIS mastermind Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi Monday; calling Rep. Adam Schiff a “known leaker.”
“The only thing is they were talking about why didn’t I give the information to Adam Schiff and his committee, and the answer is because I think Adam Schiff is the biggest leaker in Washington,” Trump said. “You know that, I know that, we all know that. I’ve watched Adam Schiff leak. He’s a corrupt politician. He’s a leaker like nobody has ever seen before.”
“I wanted to make sure this kept secret,” Trump said. “I don’t want to have people lost.”
President Trump: "Adam Schiff is the biggest leaker in Washington. You know that. I know that. We all know that." pic.twitter.com/W8xHrVPcvF
— The Hill (@thehill) October 28, 2019
“We’re thinking about it. … We may take certain parts of it and release it, yes,” said the President when asked if the public will be able to view footage of the raid.
Watch President Trump’s comments above.
DOUBLE TAP: US Official Confirms al-Baghdadi’s Likely Successor Also Killed in ISIS-Syria Raid
A spokesperson for the US State Department confirmed Monday that Abu Hassan al-Muhajir -the likely candidate to replace recently deceased mastermind Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi- was also killed in Syria.
“ISIS spokesman Abu Hassan al-Muhajir, considered a potential Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi successor, was also killed in Syria, a senior State Department official confirmed to Fox News on Monday,” reports Fox.
“He was killed very close to the North East, very close to the Euphrates River… he was killed by U.S. Forces,” the official told Fox News.
“Following the previous ops, a senior assistent for al- Bagdadi is called Abu Hesen al Mouhjir was targeted in a village named Ein al Baat near Jaraboul city, the mission was conducted via direct coordination of SDF Intel & US military apart the ongiong ops to hunt ISIS leaders,” posted a leader of the Kurdish armed forces in Syria.
Following the previous ops, a senior assistent for al- Bagdadi is called Abu Hesen al Mouhjir was targeted in a village named Ein al Baat near Jaraboul city, the mission was conducted via direct coordination of SDF Intel & US military apart the ongiong ops to hunt ISIS leaders.
— Mazloum Abdî مظلوم عبدي (@MazloumAbdi) October 27, 2019
BACKLASH: Washington Post Under Fire For Labeling ISIS Terror Leader ‘Austere Religious Scholar’
The Washington Post is facing a severe backlash this week after the national newspaper labeled ISIS mastermind Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi an “austere religious scholar” after US troops launched a raid in northern Syria that led to his death.
“President Donald Trump announced Sunday morning that al-Baghdadi was killed when he detonated a vest he was wearing after being cornered by U.S. forces on Saturday evening,” reports USA Today. “The Post article says that when al-Baghdadi first rose as a leader of ISIS, he was a relatively unheard of ‘austere religious scholar with wire-frame glasses and no known aptitude for fighting and killing.’”
The Post’s original headline after the news of al-Baghdadi’s death read “Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, austere religious scholar at helm of Islamic State, dies at 48.”
The newspaper eventually altered the title to “Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, extremist leader of Islamic State, dies at 48.”
“Regarding our al-Baghdadi obituary, the headline should never have read that way and we changed it quickly,” posted a spokesperson for the newspaper on social media.
Regarding our al-Baghdadi obituary, the headline should never have read that way and we changed it quickly.
— Kristine Coratti Kelly (@kriscoratti) October 27, 2019
“Every day The Washington Post uses harsher words against @realDonaldTrump than they do in writing about one of the world’s most evil terrorists. Yet we’re supposed to take them at face value. Let that sink in,” wrote GOP Rep. Steve Scalise on Twitter.
Every day The Washington Post uses harsher words against @realDonaldTrump than they do in writing about one of the world’s most evil terrorists. Yet we’re supposed to take them at face value. Let that sink in. pic.twitter.com/iIWVqI4N8B
— Steve Scalise (@SteveScalise) October 27, 2019
Read the full report at USA Today.