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'He was a monster ' — Will County members of Congress react to death of Islamic State leader

Will County area members of Congress praised the news of the death of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the Islamic State.
Will County area members of Congress praised the news of the death of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the Islamic State.

Will County area members of Congress lauded news of the death of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the Islamic State, after U.S. forces cornered him during a raid in Syria.

On Sunday, President Donald Trump made the announcement of al-Baghdadi’s death. During his remarks, Trump said the country’s armed forces “brought the world’s No. 1 terrorist leader to justice.”

U.S. Reps. Adam Kinzinger, R-Channahon, Dan Lipinski, D-Western Springs, and Lauren Underwood, D-Naperville, all made statements praising the news of al-Baghdadi’s death and the work of members of the U.S. military.

“Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi wasn’t just the mastermind of ISIS, he was a monster roaming this earth, killing and terrorizing,” Kinzinger said in a post on his campaign Facebook page. “I’m incredibly proud of the men, women and canines of the U.S. military and our commander in chief for ridding the world of this evil, and sending him to exactly where he belongs.”

Lipinski said in a statement, “The demise of al-Baghdadi is an enormous victory for the national security of the United States and our allies. Thanks to the bravery and tactical strategy of U.S. commandos, the leader of ISIS is gone. But the fight is not over. We must ensure that ISIS is defeated.”

Underwood released a statement saying, “Today and every day I am grateful for our service members who put themselves in harm’s way to make our country safer. The announcement by President Trump that U.S. forces brought Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi to justice is a major step forward in combating ISIS. But the fight against ISIS goes on, and I thank U.S. service members for their commitment and courage in keeping Americans safe and preventing global terror.”

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