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Trump says IS leader Baghdadi 'died like a dog'

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Published on October 27, 2019 - Duration: 02:08s

Trump says IS leader Baghdadi 'died like a dog'

U.S. President Donald Trump announces the death of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in a U.S. operation.

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Trump says IS leader Baghdadi 'died like a dog'

Trump said Baghdadi died like a "dog" and a "coward" in the overnight raid, and had dragged his three children into a tunnel where he detonated an explosive vest.

He said no U.S. personnel were killed, and a "large number" of Baghdadi's fighters had died.

The U.S. president added that 11 young children were moved out of the house where Baghdadi was located and are uninjured.

The death of Baghdadi was an important win for Trump weeks after his sudden decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria sparked a wave of harsh criticism, including from fellow Republicans, that the move would lead to a resurgence of Islamic State.

Under Iraqi-born Baghdadi's rule, Islamic State -- which at one point controlled swathes of Syria and Iraq -- is responsible for gruesome attacks against religious minorities and attacks on five continents in the name of a form of ultra-fanatical Islam.

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