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Does Trump deserve credit for taking down ISIS' leader?

President Donald J. Trump said ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi died “screaming, crying and whimpering” during a US military raid targeting the ISIS leader. Trump and his supporters are celebrating it as a big win—their efforts brought down the most wanted terrorist in the world. The New York Times is reporting military officials said Trump's abrupt pullout from Northern Syria made the military go ahead with a risky operation. Does Trump deserve credit for taking down ISIS' leader?

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The undeniable fact is President Trump gave the green light to an operation that resulted in the death of ISIS leader al-Baghdadi. According to Trump, the only reason US troops are in Syria is to fight ISIS. The successful raid shows how the US can have both a lighter footprint in the area and still be able to effectively degrade and defeat ISIS. 

Al-Baghdadi's death is an important symbol in the fight against ISIS. His leadership led to ISIS taking over control of a swatch of Iraq and Syria, inspiring thousands to come and fight on behalf of ISIS. Under Trump, the so-called Caliphate has lost all of its lands and now has lost its leader. For an organization as reliant on image and symbolism as ISIS, al-Baghdadi's death is a huge blow. 

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The Syrian Democratic Forces provided the key intelligence that allowed for the raid to happen in the first place. Kurdish forces worked on a five-month-long investigation that culminated in the information that enabled the operation against the ISIS leader. All of this happened under the backdrop of Trump's sudden withdrawal from the region. 

Military officials say the operation was complicated by Trump's sudden shift in Syria policy. Despite being kept informed of the months-long operation to hunt down al-Baghdadi, Trump made the call to green-light Turkey's invasion of Northern Syria anyway. As military forces withdrew from the region, there were fewer and fewer resources to dedicate to tracking the ISIS leader. Officials said the raid was the military's last chance to take out al-Baghdadi.

Richard N. Haass summed up to the New York Times how the operation worked despite Trump, not thanks to him:

“The irony of the successful operation against al-Baghdadi is that it could not have happened without U.S. forces on the ground that have been pulled out, help from Syrian Kurds who have been betrayed, and support of a U.S. intelligence community that has so often been disparaged,” Richard N. Haass, the president of the Council on Foreign Relations, said on Sunday.
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Does Trump deserve credit for taking down ISIS' leader?
#TrumpGotBaghdadi
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#HappenedDespiteTrump