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  • -Last night, the United States

  • brought the world's number-one terrorist leader to justice.

  • Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is dead.

  • He was the founder and leader of ISIS,

  • the most ruthless and violent terror organization

  • anywhere in the world.

  • The United States has been searching for Baghdadi

  • for many years.

  • Capturing or killing Baghdadi has been the top

  • national security priority of my administration.

  • US Special Operations Forces executed a dangerous

  • and daring nighttime raid in Northwestern Syria

  • and accomplished their mission in grand style.

  • The US personnel were incredible.

  • I got to watch much of it.

  • No personnel were lost in the operation,

  • while a large number of Baghdadi's fighters

  • and companions were killed with him.

  • He died after running into a dead-end tunnel,

  • whimpering and crying and screaming all the way.

  • The compound had been cleared by this time,

  • with people either surrendering or being shot and killed.

  • 11 young children were moved out of the house

  • and are uninjured.

  • The only ones remaining were Baghdadi in the tunnel,

  • and he had dragged three of his young children with him.

  • They were led to certain death.

  • He reached the end of the tunnel as our dogs chased him down.

  • He ignited his vest, killing himself and the three children.

  • His body was mutilated by the blast.

  • The tunnel had caved in on it, in addition.

  • But test results gave certain, immediate,

  • and totally positive identification.

  • It was him.

  • The thug who tried so hard to intimidate others

  • spent his last moments in utter fear,

  • in total panic and dread,

  • terrified of the American forces bearing down on him.

  • We were in the compound for approximately two hours,

  • and after the mission was accomplished,

  • we took highly sensitive material

  • and information from the raid,

  • much having to do with ISIS origins, future plans,

  • things that we very much want.

  • Baghdadi's demise demonstrates America's relentless

  • pursuit of terrorist leaders and our commitment

  • to the enduring and total defeat of ISIS

  • and other terrorist organizations.

  • Our reach is very long.

  • As you know, last month,

  • we announced that we recently killed Hamza bin Laden,

  • the very violent son of Osama bin Laden,

  • who was saying very bad things about people,

  • about our country, about the world.

  • He was the heir apparent to Al-Qaeda.

  • Terrorists who oppress and murder innocent people

  • should never sleep soundly,

  • knowing that we will completely destroy them.

  • These savage monsters will not escape their fate,

  • and they will not escape the final judgment of God.

  • Baghdadi has been on the run for many years,

  • long before I took office.

  • But on my direction,

  • as Commander in Chief of the United States,

  • we obliterated his caliphate 100% in March of this year.

  • Today's events are another reminder

  • that we will continue to pursue the remaining ISIS

  • terrorists to their brutal end.

  • That also goes for other terrorist organizations.

  • They are likewise in our sights.

  • Baghdadi and the losers who worked for him,

  • and losers they are,

  • they had no idea what they were getting into.

  • In some cases, they were very frightened puppies.

  • In other cases, they were hard-core killers,

  • but they killed many, many people.

  • Their murder of innocent Americans James Foley,

  • Steven Sotloff, Peter Kassig,

  • and Kayla Mueller were especially heinous.

  • The shocking, publicized murder of Jordanian pilot,

  • a wonderful young man -- spoke to the King of Jordan.

  • They all knew him. They all loved him.

  • He was burned alive in a cage for all to see.

  • And the execution of Christians in Libya and Egypt,

  • as well as the genocidal mass murder of Yazidis rank ISIS

  • among the most depraved organizations --

  • the history of our world.

  • The forced religious conversions,

  • the orange suits prior to so many beheadings --

  • all of which were openly displayed for the world to see.

  • This was all that Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi --

  • this is what he wanted.

  • This is what he was proud of.

  • He was a sick and depraved man, and now he's gone.

  • Baghdadi was vicious and violent,

  • and he died in a vicious and violent way,

  • as a coward, running and crying.

  • This raid was impeccable

  • and could only have taken place with the acknowledgement

  • and help of certain other nations and people.

  • I want to thank the nations of Russia, Turkey, Syria,

  • and Iraq, and I also want to thank the Syrian Kurds

  • for certain support they were able to give us.

  • This was a very, very dangerous mission.

  • Thank you, as well, to the great intelligence professionals

  • who helped make this very successful journey possible.

  • I want to thank the soldiers and sailors, airmen,

  • and Marines involved in last night's operation.

  • You are the very best there is anywhere in the world.

  • No matter where you go, there is nobody even close.

  • I want to thank General Mark Milley

  • and our Joint Chiefs of Staff.

  • And I also want to thank our professionals

  • who work in other agencies of the United States government.

  • They were critical to the mission's unbelievable success.

  • Last night was a great night for the United States

  • and for the world.

  • A brutal killer,

  • one who has caused so much hardship and death,

  • had violently been eliminated.

  • He will never again harm another innocent man, woman, or child.

  • He died like a dog.

  • He died like a coward.

  • The world is now a much safer place.

  • God Bless America.

  • Thank you. Any questions?

  • -When did you first hear

  • that this was an operation was gonna get started?

  • -We've had him under surveillance

  • for a couple of weeks.

  • We knew a little bit about where he was going,

  • where he was heading.

  • He had very good information

  • that he was going to another location.

  • He didn't go.

  • Two or three efforts were cancelled

  • because he decided to change his mind --

  • constantly changing his mind.

  • And finally, we saw that he was here -- held up here.

  • We knew something about the compound.

  • We knew it had tunnels.

  • The tunnels were dead-end, for the most part.

  • There was one we think that wasn't,

  • but we had that covered, too, just in case.

  • The level of intelligence,

  • the level of work was pretty amazing.

  • When we landed, with eight helicopters,

  • a large crew of brilliant fighters

  • ran out of those helicopters

  • and blew holes into the side of the building,

  • not wanting to go through the main door

  • because that was booby-trapped.

  • And there was something --

  • It was something really amazing to see.

  • I got to watch it, along with General Milley,

  • Vice President Pence, others, in the Situation Room,

  • and we watched it so clearly.

  • -How did you watch the -- -Well, I don't want to say how,

  • but we had absolutely perfect,

  • as though you were watching a movie.

  • It was -- The technology there alone is really great.

  • A big part of the trip that was of great danger was the --

  • It was approximately an hour and 10 minute flight,

  • and we were flying over very, very dangerous territory.

  • In fact, some of our leaders

  • said that could be the most dangerous --

  • flying in and flying out.

  • And that's why last night we were so quiet about it.

  • We didn't say anything.

  • And I didn't make my remark

  • until after they had landed safely in a certain area.

  • But the flight in,

  • the flight out was a very, very dangerous part.

  • There was a chance that we would have met unbelievable fire.

  • Russia treated us great.

  • They opened up --

  • We had to fly over certain Russia areas --

  • Russia-held areas.

  • Russia was great.

  • Iraq was excellent.

  • We really had great cooperation.

  • And you have to understand they didn't know what we were doing

  • and where we were going exactly.

  • But the ISIS fighters are hated as much by Russia

  • and some of these other countries as they are by us.

  • And that's why I say they should start doing

  • a lot of the fighting now, and they'll be able to.

  • I really believe they'll be able to.

  • Yes, Jennifer?

  • -Can you say what role the Kurds played in this, generally?

  • -They gave us not a military role at all,

  • but they gave us some information

  • that turned out to be helpful -- the Kurds.

  • -Can you tell us what the role of Turkey

  • might have been and Iraq?

  • -Who? -What was the role of Turkey?

  • How did they help?

  • -Turkey -- We dealt with them.

  • They knew we were going in.

  • We flew over some territory.

  • They were terrific.

  • No problem. They were not problem.

  • You know, they could start shooting,

  • and then we will take them out,

  • but a lot of bad things can happen.

  • Plus, it was a very secret mission.

  • We flew very, very low and very, very fast.

  • But it was a big -- It was a very dangerous part

  • of the mission --

  • getting in, and getting out, too.

  • Equal.

  • We went in identical -- We took an identical route.

  • We met with gunfire coming in.

  • But it was local gunfire.

  • That gunfire was immediately terminated.

  • These people are amazing.

  • They had the gunfire terminated immediately,

  • meaning they were shot from the airships.

  • -I'm trying to be clear of the timing.

  • You talked earlier, you know, several weeks,

  • about pulling troops out, you know,

  • and then troops were put back in.

  • You know, I'm trying to understand the timing

  • of when this operation -- -Well, I'll tell you,

  • from the first day I came to office,

  • and now we're getting close to three years,

  • I would say, "Where's al-Baghdadi?

  • I want al-Baghdadi."

  • And we would kill terrorist leaders,

  • but they were names I'd never heard of.

  • They were names that weren't recognizable,

  • and they weren't the big names.

  • Some good ones. Some important ones.

  • But they weren't the big names.

  • I kept saying, "Where's al-Baghdadi?"

  • And a couple of weeks ago, they were able to scope him out.

  • You know, these people are very smart.

  • They're not into the use of cellphones anymore.

  • They're not -- They're very technically brilliant.

  • You know, they use the Internet better than

  • almost anybody in the world, perhaps other than Donald Trump.

  • But they use the Internet incredibly well.

  • And what they've done with the Internet,

  • through recruiting and everything --

  • and that's why he died like a dog.

  • He died like a coward.

  • He was whimpering, screaming, and crying.

  • And frankly, I think it's something

  • that should be brought out,

  • so that his followers and all of these young kids

  • that want to leave various countries,