This 27 October 2019 video is called Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi: IS[IS] leader ‘killed in US operation’ in Syria – BBC News.
Today, many media, including Belgian daily De Standaard, report that Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the boss of the ISIS terrorist organisation, has been killed.
United States president Donald Trump claimed that United States special forces had killed him. Trump admitted that would not have been possible without cooperation of Russia, Iraq, the Syrian Damascus government and the Syrian Kurds.
Trump also thanked the Turkish Erdogan regime. A bit strange, as, according to reports, al-Baghdadi was killed in the Idlib area, which is controlled by the Turkish occupation army and their allies, al-Qaeda in Syria fighters (who uses various pseudonyms; sometimes falsely depicted by western governments and corporate media as ‘moderates’). Al-Baghdadi’s hiding place in Syria is said to have been only five kilometers from the Turkish border.
Trump’s praise of Erdogan is strange in the light of Erdogan’s history of collaboration with ISIS, eg, buying Syrian oil from them; as reported by the Israeli government, Turkish journalists jailed for reporting it, United States politician Richard Black, and many others.
When al-Qaeda boss Osama bin Laden was killed, the United States government promoted one version of what had happened. Later, that version turned out to be doubtful. So, maybe what Trump said today about how things happened may also turn out to be not true after all.
Like Osama bin Laden, it looks like al-Baghdadi was killed without a trial. Thus, preventing him from identifying in a court of law accomploices to his crimes; accomplices in Saudi Arabia, in Turkey or in other NATO countries.
This 2016 London Review of Books video is called Seymour Hersh on The Killing of Osama bin Laden, with Christian Lorentzen.
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