President Donald Trump said Tuesday that the United States had killed the “number one replacement” to the Islamic State militant group’s leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
“Just confirmed that Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s number one replacement has been terminated by American troops,” Trump wrote . “Most likely would have taken the top spot — Now he is also Dead!”
Trump was speaking about the death of
ISIS spokesman Abu Hassan al-Muhajir , a U.S. official confirmed to NBC News on Tuesday. A senior State Department official confirmed Monday that Muhajir had been killed in Syria during an operation by U.S. forces in which the Syrian Democratic Forces also played a large role. Muhajir’s death was earlier announced by SDF commander Gen. Mazloum Abdi.