Defense secretary: Raid that resulted in death of ISIS leader was 'brilliantly executed operation'

Defense secretary: Raid that resulted in death of ISIS leader was 'brilliantly executed operation'
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Defense Secretary Mark EsperMark EsperSunday shows — Nadler: A jury would convict Trump in 'three minutes flat' Florida Republican says Pensacola shooting 'has to inform on our ongoing relationship with Saudi Arabia' Pentagon chief says he's ordered review of foreign nationals exchange programs after Pensacola shooting MORE said Sunday that the raid that resulted in the death of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi "was a brilliantly executed operation."

"This is a great day for America. It's a great day for the world," Esper, who was in the Situation Room with President TrumpDonald John TrumpLawmakers prep ahead of impeachment hearing Democrats gear up for high-stakes Judiciary hearing Warren says she made almost M from legal work over past three decades MORE monitoring the Saturday night raid, said. "The president made a bold decision to launch this raid, and our military service members and our interagency partners executed brilliantly."

Trump announced al-Baghdadi's death Sunday. 

He said no U.S. forces were killed in the mission. 

Esper said on ABC's "This Week" that fewer than 100 U.S. troops were on the ground during the raid but added that it was a "much bigger" operation with assistance from others in the intelligence community. 

"I think all the praise goes to our service members and to our intelligence professionals and others who took this on," Esper said. "And the message is if you’re a leader in ISIS, if you’re a leader for a terrorist group, we are going to come after you and we will hunt you relentlessly."


Esper added that "our troops are the best in the world." 

"It was a brilliantly executed operation, and the president deserves credit for giving it the green light," he said. "These are always inherently risky and, as I like to say, our folks make the complex and the dangerous look simple and safe."