Lieutenant General Scott Howell, of Cadiz, Kentucky, has been credited with helping plan and lead the dramatic raid to kill Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
The Kentucky special forces commander who helped plan and lead the mission to kill al-Baghdadi

A special forces commander from Kentucky has been identified as one of the soldiers who helped bring down ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

Lieutenant General Scott Howell, of Cadiz, Kentucky, has been credited with helping plan and lead the dramatic raid to kill al-Baghdadi in Syria on Saturday night.

Al-Baghdadi blew himself up after being cornered by U.S forces in a dead-end underground tunnel in his Syrian compound.

Kentucky Congressman James Comer praised Lt. Gen. Howell on Sunday for leading the mission.

'We salute our military members and special forces, led by KY-1 Cadiz native Lieutenant General Scott Howell, for their distinguished service in bringing down ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. America is grateful for their bravery,' he said.

It is not clear if Lt. Gen. Howell was on the ground in Syria. 

Lt. Gen. Howell is a command pilot with more than 2,600 flight hours.

He is the commander of the Joint Special Operations Command in Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

Prior to assuming the command last year, Lt. Gen. Howell was vice commander of the U.S. Special Operations Command in Washington D.C.

Lt. Gen. Howell, who was commissioned through the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1987, earned his wings at Fort Rucker in Alabama.

He is a career helicopter pilot whose rescue and special operations include assignments in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The daring raid on the compound where al-Baghdadi was hiding was the culmination of years of steady intelligence-gathering work - and 48 hours of hurry-up planning once Washington got word on where he would be.

Scott Alan Howell is the 15th Commander of Joint Special Operations Command, at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Prior to assuming command at JSOC, Lt Gen Howell served as the U.S. Special Operations Command Vice Commander in Washington, D.C., where he planned, coordinated and executed USSOCOM initiatives with the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Joint Staff, military services, and other government agencies.

General Howell was commissioned through the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1987, and earned his wings at Fort Rucker, Alabama. He is a career helicopter pilot with assignments in rescue and special operations, and participated in operations in Iraq, Kuwait, Bosnia, Haiti, Kosovo, Mozambique, Djibouti and Afghanistan. He is a command pilot with 2,600 hours of flight time across six unique air platforms.

General Howell has commanded a squadron, group, joint special operations air component, special operations wing and special operations task force. In his most recent command tour, he led all NATO special operations forces in Afghanistan as the Commanding General of NATO Special Operations Component Command-Afghanistan and Special Operations Joint Task Force-Afghanistan. His senior staff positions include service in the Air Staff, Air Force Special Operations Command, U.S. Special Operations Command and as the Deputy Director of Special Operations at the Joint Staff.

President Donald Trump said three previous attempts to capture the ISIS leader had been canceled because al-Baghdadi, who was under surveillance, had changed his mind about where he was going.
The Kentucky special forces commander who helped plan and lead the mission to kill al-Baghdadi

Trump watched the raid in real time from the Situation Room via a video link as troops blasted into the hideout and sent the most-wanted militant running the last steps of his life.

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