- the Iraqi-born leader of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) – a group designated as a terrorist organisation by the United Nations
- was killed during a night time raid by US special forces in northwest Syria
Saudi Arabia on Monday applauded the killing of Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi, the Daesh leader who had “distorted” the image of Islam ARAB NEWS reports.
The US president, Donald Trump said on Sunday that the Iraqi-born leader of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) – a group designated as a terrorist organisation by the United Nations; was killed during a night time raid by US special forces in northwest Syria died by blowing himself up after he was cornered in a tunnel.
“The thug who tried so hard to intimidate others spent his last moments in utter fear, panic and dread, terrified of the American forces coming down on him,” the US president said in a televised address to the nation from the White House.
According to Arab news, Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said:
“The Saudi government appreciates the great efforts of the US administration in pursuing the members of this dangerous terrorist organization, which distorted the true image of Islam and Muslims around the world and committed atrocities and crimes that contradict the most basic human values in many countries including the Kingdom,”
The ministry said the Kingdom “is continuing its efforts with its allies, led by the United States of America, in combating terrorism, drying up its sources and confronting its dangerous criminal ideology.”