On October 27, 2019, the whole world woke up to the news of dreaded Islamic State terrorist Abu Bakr al- Baghdadi’s death in a US Special Forces Operation in northern Syria. The news rejoiced by the entire civilized world was broken to the global media by US President Donald Trump from the White House through a historic press conference. Drawing parallels with Operation Neptune Spear that had killed Osama Bin Laden in 2011, Operation Kayla Mueller will be remembered as one of the most daring and successful raids by US special forces deep inside hostile territory in the first quarter of 21st century. With the ISIS Chief gone, the leadership of the world’s most dreaded terrorist organization is in a shambles. The operation has also set a new benchmark for many nations and has inspired them in their war against Islamic terrorism.
Deep-penetration air assault
Unlike the 2011 raid to kill Osama Bin Laden which was executed by US Navy SEAL commandos, the 2019 operation was carried out by Delta Force operators. The raid began on October 26 with the 1st Special Forces Operational Detachment- Delta (SFOD-D) commandos along with teams from 75th Ranger Regiment departing from an American military base in Erbil, Iraq in eight helicopters which included Boeing MH-47 Chinooks and Sikorsky MH-60L/M Black Hawks. The target (Baghdadi’s hideout) was located at an isolated compound 300 meters inside Barisha village at Idlib province in Syria. Th