Daniel Quezada / Staff reporter 

On December 13, 2003, the US Army enacted operation Red Dawn and captured an Iraqi leader.  Donald Trump, United States president, made a recent announcement of the death of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in another covert US operation it echoes the US continued efforts to deal with dictatorships or those who are perpetrators of terrorism. 

On August 2, 1990, Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait, initially claiming assistance to “Kuwaiti revolutionaries,” thus sparking an international crisis. But the UN got involved leading to the Barisha raid. 

In a Barisha raid, code named Operation Kayla Mueller, with the most recent death of Hussein was captured by American forces after being found hiding in a hole in the ground near a farmhouse in Ad-Dawr, near Tikrit.  

Following his capture, Hussein was transported to a U.S. base near Tikrit and later put in court and killed. 

In 2019, Trump announced the leader of ISIS had been killed and later on ISIL said “don’t rejoice’ over al-Baghdadi’s death.” An ISIS spokesman warned the United States in the tape to “beware vengeance against their nation and their brethren of infidels and apostates.”  

Al-Baghdadi was known as “Caliph Ibrahim,” of Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant was renamed the Islamic State. He urged Muslims across the world to immigrate to the new Islamic State. 

Turkish and US military authorities exchanged and coordinated information ahead of an attack. The President of Turkey stated that “Turkey was proud to help the United States, our NATO ally, bring a notorious terrorist to justice” and that Turkey “will continue to work closely with the United States and others to combat terrorism in all its forms and manifestations.”  Russia previously said they may have killed him in an airstrike on apartment buildings in Raqqa city on May 28, 2017 but that was false. 

Hussein and al-Baghdadi were top ten threats to the western world, with both being from Iraq leading war against peace in the region.