Lieutenant General Scott Howell, from Cadiz, Kentucky, is credited with helping plan and led the dramatic raid to kill Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in Syria on Saturday night
A special commander from Kentucky has been identified as one of the soldiers who helped bring down ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
Lieutenant General Scott Howell is credited with helping plan and led the dramatic attack on the killing of al-Baghdadi in Syria on Saturday night.
Lt. Gene. Howell, from Cadiz, Kentucky, is supposed to have been in charge of the operation of the special forces that culminated in the death of the fugitive ISIS leader.
Al-Baghdadi blew himself up after he was cornered by American forces in a dead-end underground tunnel in his Syrian compound.
Kentucky congressman James Comer praised Lieutenant Howell for leading the mission on Sunday.
& # 39; We salute our military members and special forces, led by KY-1 Cadiz, native lieutenant general Scott Howell, for their excellent service in bringing down ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. America is grateful for their courage, "he said.
It is not clear whether Lieutenant Howell was on the ground in Syria.
Lt. Gene. Howell is a command pilot with more than 2,600 flight hours.
He is the commander of the Joint Special Operations Command at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.
Howell, pictured in Afghanistan, is a career helicopter pilot who is now the commander of the Joint Special Operations Command at Fort Bragg, North Carolina
ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi blew himself up after being cornered by US forces in a dead-end underground tunnel in his Syrian compound
Before Lt. Howell took over the command last year, he was vice-commander of the US Special Operations Command in Washington D.C.
Lt. Gene. Howell, who was commissioned by the U.S. in 1987. Air Force Academy, earned its wings at Fort Rucker in Alabama.
He is a career helicopter pilot whose rescue operations and special operations include missions in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The daring attack on the compound where al-Baghdadi was hiding was the culmination of years of steady gathering of intelligence – and 48 hours of hasty planning as soon as Washington was notified where he would be.
President Donald Trump said that three previous attempts to conquer the ISIS leader had been canceled because al-Baghdadi, who was under surveillance, had changed his mind about where he was going.
Trump saw the robbery in real time from the Situation Room via a video link while troops shot into the hiding place and the most wanted militant sent the final steps of his life.
US forces destroyed the compound where ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi died on Saturday before they withdrew
Trump saw the raid unfold from the situation room. He was accompanied by National Security Advisor Robert C. O & Brien, vice-president Mike Pence, defense minister. Mark T. Esper and the US Army General Mark A. Milley
The raid is named after Kayla Mueller, an American aid worker, who was captured by the jihadists in 2013 and repeatedly raped and tortured by Baghdadi until she was murdered in 2015.
Trump said soldiers shot a hole in the side of a building because they feared the entrance might have been jammed with booby traps. Al-Baghdadi fled into a network of underground bunkers and tunnels that crept through the compound.
The sturdy, bearded militant leader wore a suicide jacket and dragged three children along while fleeing the American troops.
Trump, happy to play the drama, said that as American troops and their dogs approached, the militant & whining and crying and screaming all the way & # 39; went to his death.
& # 39; He reached the end of the tunnel while our dogs chased him, & # 39; said Trump. & # 39; He has lit his vest and killed himself and the three children. & # 39;
Al-Baghdadi & # 39; s body was mutilated in the explosion and the tunnel collapsed on him. To get to his corpse, troops had to dig through debris.
There was not much left of al-Baghdadi – but enough for a DNA test with a small field set.
After al-Baghdadi was confirmed dead, American troops grabbed every computer, every phone, every piece of paper they could find before they withdrew.
The last action was to invoke an air strike by American drones, reducing Baghdad & # 39; s hiding place to rubble, wiping it off the face of the earth and covering their tracks.
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