Obama missed chance to get ISIS leader Baghdadi

Comment: To be fair Obama’s not the first president to screw the poach when it came to killing a terrorist.  Bill Clinton, by his own admission, in a LA Times interview said: : “I could have killed’ Osama bin Laden in 1998.” Clinton’s excuse, he didn’t want to kill 300 women and children in a small town outside of Kandahar.’ [1]

As a result 3,000 Americans were killed in the Trade Center attack on 9/11..’

Obama passed up his chance because he was more concerned with drawing down U.S. troops in Iraq. Politics trumped safety and ISIS morphed into an indiscriminate killing machine. Obama’s inaction sacrificed hundreds of thousands of innocents. Obama’s actions make him complicit in every death that occurred as a result of his feckless leadership. Obama’s legacy ill be that of ‘the worst and most inept president in modern American history….WFM

Obama’s team had the chance to kill ISIS leader Al Baghdadi — and they blew it

By Brett Velicovich, Fox News,  June 27, 2017

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The U.S. military had the leader of ISIS in its crosshairs years before he became the most wanted terrorist in the world — but the bureaucratic suits in Washington let him get away.

In 2011, a secretive U.S. special operations task force was orbiting a drone above a house in Baghdad, Iraq where they had new intelligence that the notorious terrorist leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi had bunkered down for a meeting with his top ISIS lieutenants.  A call went out from our headquarters and then back to higher-ups in the States: we’ve got him, can we take him out?

Our secretive targeting units had been hunting al-Baghdadi for years before he was known to the public, pushing him deeper and deeper in the shadows. Our weapon was mainly Predator MQ-1 drones equipped with two laser-guided AGM-114P Hellfire missiles, and a separate team of special operators able to finish off targets we had acquired from the ground.

Through my deployment, our team conducted dozens of raids specifically aimed to uncover him. Mostly I was chasing leads to his whereabouts, tracking his family or capturing people in his inner circle, attempts at tightening the noose around his neck. I knew just about everything one could know about him, places he visited, what he ate, who he met with, the businesses in Iraq where he laundered money.  I knew more about him than his own family, I just needed the missing puzzle piece of his precise location.  But every day we hunted and with each new piece of intelligence we gathered on him, I inched closer to his demise.

t one point the special ops soldiers within our task force were inside one of al-Baghdadi’s safe houses only 30 minutes after he arrived, capturing an ISIS courier in the process that al-Baghdadi had dropped off a secret letter to only minutes before. We would later use that very letter and courier to take us to the original leaders of the Islamic State, killing them days later subsequently allowing al-Baghdadi to fill the leadership gap and quickly rise to the top of the ISIS food chain.

Now in Dec 2011, the intel lead of the drone unit watched on the screens as a man, exhibiting the exact signature and description we always had for Baghdadi, arrived in a vehicle to a small concrete house in downtown Baghdad and then proceeded inside. When they zoomed in on him, there was no doubt that it was the leader we had been hunting.  Walking into the courtyard of the house, heavy set and balding, other terrorists inside the compound lining up to hug the leader as he walked inside: this was the Baghdadi I knew.

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2017/06/27/obamas-team-had-chance-to-kill-isis-leader-al-baghdadi-and-blew-it.html

[1]  http://www.latimes.com/nation/nationnow/la-na-nn-bill-clinton-osama-bin-laden-20140801-story.html

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