Donald Trump announces ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi killed by US forces in Syria

Donald Trump announces ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi killed by US forces in Syria

United States President Donald Trump has announced that ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was killed by US forces in Syria.

In an address to the nation from the White House, President Trump said;

"A brutal killer, one who has caused so much hardship and death, has 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."

Per ABC News, the President revealed that he had been able to watch much of the operation in the situation room as it unfolded.

"Al-Baghdadi was vicious and violent and he died in a vicious and violent way. As a coward running and crying," Trump continued. "This raid was impeccable and could only have taken place with the acknowledgment 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."

An image of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. Credit: PA Images

Trump advised that no US troops were wounded, but that a military dog was wounded when al-Baghdadi reportedly detonated a vest.

There had been many previous reports over the years suggesting that the ISIS leader had been killed, but these were often quashed by al-Baghdadi himself through audio recordings.