Donald Trump stamped on the grave of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi during a speech to police chiefs in Chicago on Monday.
& # 39; As you know very well, it was a great weekend for our country. We have killed ISIS leader al-Baghdadi, & # 39; said the president with great applause at the annual annual conference of the Association of Chiefs of Police.
Trump bragged that he could kill the terrorist leader, while his predecessor, Barack Obama, did not.
& # 39; They have been looking for him for a long time. They have been looking for him for many years. He was a sick and corrupt man, and now he's dead. He is dead. He is dead like a door nail and he did not die bravely. He should have been killed years ago. Another president should have caught him. But it was very important to me, & he said.
& # 39; I would say … I want al-Baghdadi. Get him. And they have him, & he added.
Donald Trump boasted about the death of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi during a speech to police chiefs
Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, is being interviewed in April by his group's Al-Furqan media outlet
Al-Baghdadi was the ISIS-born leader of Iraq before being killed by special US forces in the northwestern province of Idlib in Syria.
He was directly involved in atrocities and human rights violations, including the Yazidis genocide in Iraq, sex slavery, organized rape and systematic executions.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs had offered a prize of $ 25 million for information or information about his whereabouts.
Trump said it was a & # 39; large & # 39; was murder for the United States in their war against terrorism.
& # 39; He was great. He built the ISIS caliphate. You hear about ISIS. He was. It was once the physical size of the state of Ohio and had 7 million people, and it grew big, big, big. And they had a problem. It started about two and a half years ago, & he said, referring to the date he became president while the audience laughed.
& # 39; And during my administration, I destroyed 100% of the caliphate together & # 39 ;, he added.
Trump said earlier Monday that he is releasing the images of the raid that killed al-Baghdadi amid questions about his description.
& # 39; We are thinking about it. We can. The question was, I consider releasing video footage from the raid. And we can take some parts of it and release it, yes, & # 39; the president told Joint Base Andrews reporters as he prepared to leave for Chicago.
President Trump saw the operation of the special forces to kill al-Baghdadi via drone images, instead of a body-worn camera, so he did not see the moment when the ISIS leader died, according to military and secret officials.
But the president used a colorful, descriptive language when he announced the death of al-Baghdad and said the ISIS leader died & wailing and crying and screaming & # 39 ;, and & # 39; like a dog and a coward & # 39 ;.
Trump described the video footage that he viewed as & # 39; something really amazing to see & # 39; and that it was & # 39; as if you were watching a movie & # 39 ;.
The site where an American military strike reportedly killed the so-called Islamic State leader al-Baghdadi
President Donald Trump watches the Situation Room as US Special Operations forces move closer to ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi
During the weekend raid, helicopters carried special American troops to the al-Baghdadi compound, where he hid near Idlib in northwestern Syria.
Halfway through the world, Trump saw the robbery in real-time via a video link as troops shot into hiding places and the most wanted militant sent the final steps of his life before al-Baghdadi set off a suicide belt.
Surveillance images on different video screens with different angles of the overhead maneuvers were forwarded via drone to multiple screens in the White House Situation Room.
According to military sources, the president could not have seen what was happening within the compound or when al-Baghdadi fled with three of his children to a dead-end tunnel, according to the New York Times.
Trump said Sunday: & # 39; I have to watch a lot of it. No personnel were lost during the operation, while a large number of Baghdad fighters and companions were killed with him.
& # 39; He died after walking into a dead-end tunnel, whimpering and crying and screaming all the way. & # 39;
Trump added that Baghdadi has drugged three of his children with him: & # 39; they were led to a certain death. & # 39;
He added: & # 39; He reached the end of the tunnel while our dogs were chasing him. He lit his vest and killed himself and the three children.
His body was maimed by the explosion. in addition, the tunnel had collapsed. But test results gave a certain, immediate and completely positive identification.
It was him. The criminal who tried so hard to intimidate others spent his last moments in total fear, in total panic and fear, terrified of the American troops who came down on him. & # 39;
A satellite image of the reported residence of ISIS leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, prior to the air strikes. The compound in the top right of the image was destroyed after the attack by American troops
An aerial photo of the site taken today shows the damage caused by the helicopter on the site where al-Baghdadi was believed to have lived
Defense Minister Mark Esper, when asked about the image of the president on ABC's This week, the & # 39; wailing & # 39; repeated description not.
& # 39; I don't have those details. The president has probably had the opportunity to talk to the commanders on the spot, & Esper said on Sunday.
The & # 39; s commands carried body cameras & # 39; s, but these were not broadcast in real time due to the nature of the operation.
According to Pentagon officials, these images can be downloaded and reviewed after the operation is complete.
A source from the Department of Defense told the New York Times that it was possible for Trump to speak with the Delta Force operators involved in the attack or with their superiors.