Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was head of ISIS when it achieved its bloody and ruthless caliphate in northern Syria, a time marked by internet-posted beheadings of reporters and public stonings of women. He did more than create fear and allegiance to the message; he also used computers to successfully inspire tens of thousands of recruits to join the movement.
He’s been a US target for years.
Eventually, Delta Force tracked him down, with the help of allies, and then took him out. The kill is huge, and can be compared to the Bin Laden raid, in which the mastermind of the 9/11 terror attacks was brought down by special forces under President Obama.
The announcements made by each President couldn’t differ more, however.