The internet was buzzing Sunday with the news that Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is dead.
In case you missed it, here is Trump’s announcement courtesy of Fox News.
This was a case of Trump cleaning up another Obama mess…
Did you know that we had al Baghdadi in custody until President Obama released him in 2009?
Here is some history from The Telegraph, published in 2014:
The FBI “most wanted” mugshot shows a tough, swarthy figure, his hair in a jailbird crew-cut. The $10 million price on his head, meanwhile, suggests that whoever released him from US custody four years ago may now be regretting it…
…Well-organised and utterly ruthless, the ex-preacher is the driving force behind al-Qaeda’s resurgence throughout Syria and Iraq, putting it at the forefront of the war to topple President Bashar al-Assad and starting a fresh campaign of mayhem against the Western-backed government in Baghdad.
On Tuesday, his forces achieved their biggest coup in Iraq to date, seizing control of government buildings in Mosul, the country’s third biggest city. Coming on top of similar operations in January that planted the black jihadi flag in the towns of Fallujah and Ramadi, it gives al-Qaeda control of large swathes of the north and west of the country, and poses the biggest security crisis since the US pull-out two years ago…
…“This guy was a Salafi (a follower of a fundamentalist brand of Islam), and Saddam’s regime would have kept a close eye on him,” said Dr Michael Knights, an Iraq expert at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.
“He was also in Camp Bucca for several years, which suggests he was already considered a serious threat when he went in there.”
That theory seems backed by US intelligence reports from 2005, which describe him as al-Qaeda’s point man in Qaim, a fly-blown town in Iraq’s western desert.
“Abu Duaa was connected to the intimidation, torture and murder of local civilians in Qaim”, says a Pentagon document. “He would kidnap individuals or entire families, accuse them, pronounce sentence and then publicly execute them.”
Why such a ferocious individual was deemed fit for release in 2009 is not known. One possible explanation is that he was one of thousands of suspected insurgents granted amnesty as the US began its draw down in Iraq. Another, though, is that rather like Keyser Söze, the enigmatic crimelord in the film The Usual Suspects, he may actually be several different people.
President Trump is going to need more than 4 years to clean up all of Obama’s messes.
Unfortunately 8 years may not be enough.
Here’s more from Gateway Pundit:
Abu Bakr al Baghdadi, the leader of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), transformed a few terror cells on the verge of extinction into the most dangerous militant group in the world in Syria and Iraq.
Democracy Now added this on the closing of Camp Bucca in 2009.
The US meanwhile has closed Camp Bucca, once its largest prison in Iraq. The Pentagon says it’s transferred Bucca’s remaining 180 prisoners to two jails near Baghdad. US Lieutenant Colonel Kenneth King said the prison’s closure comes as part of the US-Iraq security deal.
Lieutenant Colonel Kenneth King: “As a show of progress for the security agreement and moving forward the government of Iraq, we’re going to put the theater internment facility as a piece of history. And we’re going to — it will be history, and we’ll move forward from here and progress.”
Camp Bucca once hosted thousands of prisoners without charge, with many allegations of torture and abuse by US guards.
Read it all at Gateway Pundit…
ISIS leader al Baghdadi was reportedly brutal.
- ISIS Leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi Repeatedly Raped American Hostage Kayla Mueller, Officials Say
- In New Audio Speech, Islamic State (ISIS) Leader Al-Baghdadi Issues Call To Arms To All Muslims: “Islam was never a religion of peace. Islam is the religion of fighting”
Now he’s reportedly dead.
His death has been reported on several occasions, but he has always returned. This time, however, Trump has said the former leader is actually dead.
I trust President Trump.
I believe this was a priority for his administration and I believe al Baghdadi is dead.
But it would be unfair to not mention that we have heard that before.
As Obama said, “The future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam.”
Slander is for weak leaders.
Strong leaders simply exterminate the problem.
He’s all yours now Allah.