It’s been confirmed that the leader of Islamic State has been killed during a raid by American forces in Syria.
President Donald Trump announced the death of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, after he detonated his own suicide vest.
It killed himself, and three of his children.
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In his announcement, Donald Trump said no Americans were lost in the operation, and that Baghdadi died a coward.
“The thug who tried so hard to intimidate others, spent his last moments in utter fear, in total panic and dread, terrific of the American forces bearing down on him.
“No personnel were lost in the operation, while a large number of Baghdadi’s fighters and companions were killed with him,” Trump said.
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said in a statement that the death would be a serious blow for ISIS.
“He led a murderous, terrorist group responsible for widespread misery and destruction across large parts of Iraq and Syria.
“Al-Baghdadi’s death is a significant blow to ISIS and another important step in preventing its revitalisation,” Mr Morrison said.
Though he warned that this would not be the end of the ‘perverted’ terror group.
“Australia will continue to work closely with coalition partners and the wider international community to counter ISIS, including by stemming their financing and stopping terrorist groups using the internet as a tool of recruitment and propaganda,” Mr Morrison said.