Over the weekend, the entire world took a breath as the news regarding the death of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi surfaced. Baghdadi, from Iraq, was the leader of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, formally known as ISIS, a terrorist organization.
The news was first reported by Newsweek on Saturday and was later confirmed by the White House. President Trump delivered a televised broadcast on Sunday announcing the operation’s success. The top-secret operation was reportedly led by members of the Joint Special Operations Command’s Delta Team (Delta Force).
Arkansas’ highest-ranking elected officials are all praising the success of the mission.
Sen. Tom Cotton (R)
“The world’s most wanted man has been eliminated thanks to the brave men and women of the United States military and the president’s decisive leadership,” Sen. Cotton says in a prepared statement released on his official website. “This raid serves as a reminder to America’s enemies that there’s no safe place in the world for them to lay their heads. It also reminds us that strength and vigilance are the only way to defeat terrorist groups like ISIS and Al Qaeda, which continue to threaten America and our allies.”
Sen. John Boozman (R)
“U.S. special forces once again show why they are the best in the world,” Sen. Boozman says in a statement. “The successful operation that led to the death of al-Baghdadi is a devastating blow to ISIS. He led a brutal campaign of terror that was responsible for thousands of deaths and oversaw some of the most horrific acts ever carried out against innocent people. The world is a better place without him. I commend our intelligence professionals and military leaders and personnel who successfully planned and executed this operation. Let it serve as a reminder to every terrorist: the U.S. military is relentless and will hunt you down.”
Rep. Rick Crawford (1st District)
“Americans owe a debt of gratitude as do many across the world for the bravery of our special forces, field intelligence officers, [and] the President in the mission against al-Baghdadi,” Rep. Crawford says on Twitter. “The President’s commitment to eliminate ISIS in all forms, including its leadership and sources of income, show his commitment to national security and a more peaceful world.”
Rep. French Hill (2nd District)
“After being on the hunt for the last five years, I salute the relentless pursuit by U.S. Special Forces of the self-proclaimed caliph of the so-called ‘Islamic State,’ the terrorist Abu al-Baghdadi,” Rep. Hill shares on Twitter. “Unsurprisingly, he died a coward’s death … My thoughts are with the innocents of Iraq and Syria who suffered as a result of the hate and terror of ISIS. The world is a better place without Al-Baghdadi in it.”
Rep. Steve Womack (3rd District)
“ISIS Leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is confirmed dead,” Rep. Womack says. “Eliminating this terrorist is another victory against evil and shows that you can’t hide from the United States. God bless our Special Forces and all those who ensured this mission was completed.”
Rep. Bruce Westerman (4th District)
“Al-Baghdadi was responsible for terror and destruction in the Middle East and beyond, and the confirmation of his death is a huge victory against ISIS,” Rep. Westerman says on his official Twitter page. “I’m grateful to every service member who risked their life administering justice to an enemy of the United States.”
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