Trump kept raid on Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi quiet from Democrats

Trump kept raid on Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi quiet from Democrats

- President Trump admitted that he did not tell lawmakers about the raid which resulted in the killing of ISIS leader al-Baghdadi

- The US president said he kept the raid secret to avoid a leak of the operation to the media, which may endanger the lives of American soldiers

- Trump, however, said that Russia, Turkey and Syria were notified about the raid, though the details were kept from them

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Donald Trump, the president of the United States, says key lawmakers in the opposition party, the Democratic Party, were not informed about the raid which led to the killing of the notorious terrorist Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was the leader of one of the world’s most deadly terrorist organisations, ISIS.

In a report filed by CNN, the US president said he decided not to inform the lawmakers to avoid a leak of the operation to the media.

Baghdadi: Trump says he did not inform Democrats about raid that killed terrorist

President Trump addresses Americans. Photo credit: The New York Times
Source: UGC

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Trump said leaking information about such a dangerous operation could endanger the lives of the American soldiers.

Nancy Pelosi, the US speaker of the House of Representatives, commended the heroic efforts of the American soldiers but indirectly condemned the fact that key lawmakers were unaware of the operation.

According to her, Russia was informed about the operation in advance but American lawmakers were kept in the dark.

Other lawmakers also said they got to know about the on the television when the president announced al-Baghdadi’s death.

President Trump had earlier said Russia, Turkey and Syria were aware that the US troops were flying to Syria for the operation. He, however, said the countries were not briefed about the purpose of the mission.

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