The operations by U.S. Special Forces reported that the leader Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was killed in the operation.
If the raid was successful, al-Baghdadi would be the highest-ranking terrorist leader killed or captured since Osama bin Laden was killed in 2011.
soon after Trump said on Twitter that “something very big has just happened!”
The capture or killing of al-Baghdadi would be a boost to Trump, who has faced largely relentless and bipartisan criticism following his Oct. 6 announcement that he would pull U.S. forces back in the face of a Turkish invasion of northern Syria. The move prompted even Republican supporters of Trump to say he was abandoning Kurdish allies of America who had helped defeat Islamic State’s “caliphate.”