CNN broke away from scheduled programming to deliver special coverage of a military operation against the leader of ISIS Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who was reportedly killed in a U.S. military raid.
Anchor Paula Newton reported early Sunday that “CNN can now confirm that U.S. Special Forces have launched an operation targeting al-Baghdadi after receiving crucial CIA intelligence on his possible location in northwest Syria. Now, President Trump is expected to make a major announcement on Sunday morning at 9:00am.”
The ISIS leader was reportedly in northwest Syria where the raid took place. Al-Baghadid has been living in hiding for the past five years.
Newton reported later in the night that that al-Baghdadi is believed to have been killed in the raid, but the news is still pending final confirmation based on DNA analysis.
“A U.S. Defense official tells CNN that al-Baghdadi apparently detonated a suicide vest just as U.S. Special Forces closed in. Final confirmation is pending of course. That all-important DNA analysis and of course other positive identifiers,” she said.
President Donald Trump is scheduled to make an announcement at 9am Eastern Time Sunday, after sending out a vague tweet Saturday about “something big.”
Something very big has just happened!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 27, 2019
Watch above, via CNN.
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