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Biden: ISIS leader killed despite Trump's 'ineptitude' as commander in chief

Biden: ISIS leader killed despite Trump's 'ineptitude' as commander in chief
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Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenNearly 300 former national security officials sign Biden endorsement letter Trump narrows Biden's lead in Pennsylvania: poll Florida breaks first-day early voting record with 350K ballots cast MORE, a leading 2020 White House hopeful, said on Monday that ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was killed in a U.S. military operation despite President TrumpDonald John TrumpNearly 300 former national security officials sign Biden endorsement letter DC correspondent on the death of Michael Reinoehl: 'The folks I know in law enforcement are extremely angry about it' Late night hosts targeted Trump over Biden 97 percent of the time in September: study MORE's "ineptitude" as commander in chief.

"I’m glad President Trump ordered the mission," Biden said in a statement. "But as more details of the raid emerge, it’s clear that this victory was not due to Donald Trump’s leadership. It happened despite his ineptitude as commander-in-chief." 

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The Democratic presidential front-runner also slammed Trump's "erratic behavior," saying to the president's decision to withdraw U.S. troops from northern Syria likely rushed the mission to take out the ISIS chief. 

"His erratic behavior made it harder and more dangerous for the special forces carrying it out. And they had to fly through territory that is now hostile to the U.S., taking fire along the way—including territory we controlled just weeks ago," Biden said. 

Trump was met with criticism earlier this month after he withdrew U.S. forces from northern Syria ahead of a Turkish assault on the area. The U.S. military previously leaned on the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), which is led by the Kurds, as the local ground force fighting ISIS. Ankara, however, considers the SDF to be terrorists.

The president announced al-Baghdadi's death early Sunday, saying U.S. forces cornered him in a tunnel. 

The terror group's leader detonated a suicide vest, killing himself and three of his children, according to Trump. The president said he died while “whimpering and screaming."

Trump said on Monday that he is considering releasing parts of the video showing the raid.