WASHINGTON, July 22 (Xinhua) - US President Donald Trump has attacked the New York Times, accusing it of foiling the killing of a leader of an organization calling on Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
"The failed New York Times thwarted the United States' attempt to kill the terrorist wanted by al-Baghdadi," Trump wrote in a tweet published on Saturday. "This is an example of their ill-intentioned national security agenda."
Trump referred to the statement made by US General Tony Thomas on Friday in a speech in Colorado stating that US special forces were close to a leader in 2015, but lost track of media leaks. "We were on the right track, "It's important to tell American citizens what we're doing, but it's also important to understand what is seriously impeding our ability to do our job," he said.
The New York Times, published in July 2015, reported that US forces had reached a lot of information about methods of hiding Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and details about the exploitation of the leaders of the organization to their wives in the delivery of messages between them.
The White House "clarifies the president's glee about whether he is hinting at the article published in 2015," the paper said. "The Pentagon did not object to publication, nor has any US official complained to this day." Finished