President Donald Trump walks across the South Lawn as he arrives at the White House, Sunday, June 30, 2019, in Washington. Trump returns from a visit with South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at the border village of Panmunjom in the Demilitarized Zone between North and South Korea as well as the G-20 summit in Osaka, Japan. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
President Donald Trump has some good news for people who love watching terrorists get what they deserve.
According to The Hill, Trump said that you may be able to view the video of the raid that claimed the life of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the founder and leader of ISIS, this weekend:
“We’re thinking about it. We may,” Trump told reporters Monday when asked about the prospect of releasing the footage at Andrews Air Force Base. “We may take certain parts of it and release it, yes.”
Trump described the raid in northwest Syria in great detail when announcing al-Baghdadi’s death in an address on Sunday morning. Trump said he watched much of the raid in the Situation Room, likening it to “watching a movie.”
“We had a great weekend for our country. We captured a man that should have been caught a long time ago,” Trump told reporters Monday before departing for a speech in Chicago.
“It was an amazing display of intelligence and military power and coordination, getting along with people,” Trump continued.
According to Trump, the terrorist leader died screaming and whimpering, detonating an explosive vest killing himself and his children. Later tests confirmed that the body was, in fact, al Baghdadi.
As my colleague, Nick Arama, reported, not only did the U.S. troops get the ISIS leader, they also got his spokesman, Abu al-Hassan al-Muhajir. Needless to say, it’s been a day of ISIS scalp gathering, with now its head and its mouth taken out in the course of a day.
According to the Washington Examiner, ISIS issues a defiant statement after the death of their leader:
“Even if it is true, this is the main reason all of the jihad fighters set out for — martyrdom. The Messenger of Allah, may the blessing of Allah be upon him — died,” said a prominent media operative in the pro-ISIS online community. “The jihad will not stop when a certain person dies, even if he was the caliph himself.”
“Al-Baghdadi although influential is but one person, the term Caliphate that ISIS promotes is not a temporary idea whereby if one person dies the whole term or ideology ends,” said another posting on a pro-ISIS Telegram channel. “Al-Baghdadi is not the first Jihadi leader to be killed if the news is verified, before him influential figures such as Bin Laden, Al-Zarqawi, Abu Omar Al-Baghdadi, Al-Muhajir, Al-Adnani, Al-Shishani were all killed, it didn’t stop anything neither it changed the situation in the ground.”