Updates and Fact Checking on Baghdadi raid

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Fact Check Trump’s book:

Trump is back to portraying himself as the Paul Revere of the terrorism age — the one who told the country Osama bin Laden was coming. There was less to his foreshadowing than he states.

Trump’s tweet about bin Laden on Monday has some truth to it: “I pointed him out in my book just BEFORE the attack on the World Trade Center.”

But the book, with only a passing mention of bin Laden, did not do more than point to the al-Qaida leader as one of many threats to U.S. security. Trump’s book, “The America We Deserve,” came out more than 1½ years before al-Qaida’s deadly attack on the U.S. on Sept. 11, 2001, not just before.

Associated Press:

More good information at Mother Jones:

Nancy Pelosi:

  • “Americans salute the heroism, dedication and skill of our military and our intelligence professionals and acknowledge the work of our partners in the region.  We are relieved that no U.S. personnel died in this daring raid.”
  • “The House must be briefed on this raid, which the Russians but not top Congressional Leadership were notified of in advance, and on the Administration’s overall strategy in the region.”

Full statement:

Staged photo?

  • The White House photographer for former Presidents Ronald Reagan and Barack Obama suggested the Trump administration of posing for Saturday’s stern-faced Situation Room picture in the wake of a U.S. military raid that resulted in the death of a major ISIS figurehead.
https://twitter.com/PeteSouza/status/1188471757579194371
  • “The raid, as reported, took place at 3:30PM Washington time. The photo, as shown in the camera IPTC data, was taken at ’17:05:24,'” Souza remarked on Twitter Sunday. He was replying to a tweet from White House Director of Social Media and Assistant to the President, Dan Scavino Jr.

Newsweek:

Trump continues to downplay Obama’s role in the killing of Osama bin Laden:

So glad a murderous, thug terrorist is gone but Trump will never be even half the man Obama is.

  • Kurds announced they will withdraw more than 30 km (19 miles) from the Turkish border, an announcement welcomed by Damascus which said Turkey should now end its “aggression” in northeast Syria.

From The Guardian:

  • The Russian state-run RIA news agency is quoting the country’s ministry of defence saying it was not aware that they had provided any assistance to the US in the operation that targeted Baghdadi.
  • “We are unaware of any alleged assistance to the flying of US aviation into the airspace of the Idlib de-escalation zone during this operation,” major-general Igor Konashenkov is quoted as saying. 
  • In his press conference an hour ago, Trump thanked Russia for their support.

Iran’s information minister Mohammad Javad Azari-Jahromi:

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