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 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. U.S. Special Operations forces executed a dangerous and daring nighttime raid into Northwestern Syria to accomplish this mission.

No U.S. 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. The compound had been cleared by this time, with people either surrendering or being shot and killed. Eleven young children were moved out of the house un-injured. The only ones remaining were Baghdadi in the tunnel, who had dragged three children with him 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, but test results gave certain and positive identification.

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Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State

This is a great day for United States, the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS, and people all across the world who have suffered far too long from the cruelty of terrorism. ISIS’s leader, Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi, met the fate that he long-deserved, taken down during a raid on his hideout by U.S. Special Forces in northwest Syria last night. While there is still work left to do to ensure ISIS’s enduring defeat, Baghdadi’s death follows the path of scores of other ISIS leaders that have been removed from the battlefield and can no longer commit heinous atrocities or spread their vile ideology of hatred to poison and recruit vulnerable minds. His evil acts of beheadings, enslavement of women, rape, torture, and pure brutality follows him to his grave.

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By Jim Garamone

The president and vice president watch a monitor in the White House situation room with military and civilian advisors.

U.S. forces killed ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in a raid in Northwestern Syria last night, President Donald J. Trump announced today.

The "daring and dangerous raid" went off without a hitch, Trump said. There were no casualties among the American forces.

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." President Donald J. Trump

Baghdadi was arguably the world's most-wanted terrorist. He was the founder and leader of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.

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Diplomatic Reception Room

11:41 A.M. EDT

THE PRESIDENT: Well, thank you very much. My fellow Americans, I greet you this morning from the White House to announce a major breakthrough toward achieving a better future for Syria and for the Middle East. It’s been a long time.

Over the last five days, you have seen that a ceasefire that we established along Syria’s border has held, and it’s held very well, beyond most expectations. Early this morning, the government of Turkey informed my administration that they would be stopping combat and their offensive in Syria, and making the ceasefire permanent. And it will indeed be permanent. However you would also define the word “permanent” in that part of the world as somewhat questionable, we all understand that. But I do believe it will be permanent.

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PRESIDENT TRUMP: Well, thank you very much. We’ve had a lot of very big news and some very good news today. But I’d like to hold this for China. There’s nothing bigger than what we’re doing with China. I think it’s important that these are the questions that are asked. And, as you know, we have the Vice Premier of China, one of the most respected men in all of China, and the world, for that matter. And we have great respect for him, a great friendship with him.

And we’ve come to a very substantial phase one deal, and I’ll go through some of the points, and then I’ll ask the Vice Premier to say a few words and any comments that he may have.

We have come to a deal, pretty much, subject to getting it written. It’ll take probably three weeks, four weeks, or five weeks. As you know, we’re going to be in Chile together for a big summit. And maybe it’ll be then, or maybe it’ll be sometime around then.

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Office of the Spokesperson

MODERATOR: I’m going to turn it over to Senior State Department Official Number One, , to give some highlights.

SENIOR STATE DEPARTMENT OFFICIAL ONE: Hey, thank you very much, , and hello, everybody. Let me start with a tweet that just came out from the President this afternoon: “We have one of three choices: Send in thousands of troops and win militarily, hit Turkey very hard financially and with sanctions; or mediate a deal between Turkey and the Kurds.” That is a concise summary of where are with this very, very dramatic, very, very dangerous situation today.

What I would like to do is talk back to Sunday, when the very immediate phase of this whole problem began with the call between President Trump and President Erdogan, because this has been basically President Trump’s position ever since then. Essentially, in that call and in all of our actions since then, everything has revolved that we have been doing around four decisions the President took. He took these decisions after President Erdogan told him that the compromise solution we had worked out with Turkey for the situation in northeast Syria was not sufficient for Turkey’s security interests.

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