President Trump has awarded a citation to the Army particular operations unit that conducted the 2019 raid ensuing within the loss of life of infamous Islamic State chief Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi.
“It was a really special moment,” White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany mentioned of the assembly, which occurred in Fort Bragg, N.C. “Meant a lot to the president. He was with our heroes for about an hour just having casual conversations, answering questions.”
First lady Melania Trump attended the meeting as well.
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Presidential citations are offered to units that act with exceptional heroism.
“The unit should show such gallantry, willpower, and esprit de corps in engaging in its mission beneath extraordinarily tough and unsafe situations as to set it aside and above different items collaborating in the identical marketing campaign,” in response to the U.S. Army.
The ISIS chief’s loss of life got here roughly a 12 months in the past, in a profitable U.S. navy operation in northwest Syria. The Islamic State chief detonated an explosive vest as U.S. Special Operations Forces stormed his compound within the Idrib Province.
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Al-Baghdadi’s loss of life represented a significant blow to the transnational terrorist group that had brutally murdered so many within the area.
Dubbed Operation Kayla Mueller, the strike was named after a humanitarian support employee who was reportedly pressured into marriage and raped by the Islamic State chief.
Fox News’ Ronn Blitzer and Ashley Cozzolino contributed to this report.
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