USA officials said on Monday that the body of Islamic State group chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was buried at sea as fresh details surfaced about the U.S. special forces operation that led to his death over the weekend.
USA forces took Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi's remains from a tunnel under the Islamic State leader's hideout, reduced to rubble by US air power, confirming his identification through DNA testing before burying him at sea.
Commander of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces Mazloum Abdi said intelligence from his group was utilized by the US military to search out and kill Muhajir in a village near Jarablus, a town in northwestern Syria reports The Independent. "Most likely would have taken the top spot".
Polat Can, a senior adviser to the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces, said the fighters teamed up with the Central Intelligence Agency on May 15 after Baghdadi was spotted in Idlib province.
Esper said a limited number of USA forces will remain in Syria for now "to give the president options", but most will return to the United States.
"Al-Baghdadi's death has been announced internationally and we are increasing vigilance", Asep said in Jakarta, Monday, October 29.
In life as in death, Baghdadi's public relations war will continue.
"If this information (about Baghdadi's death) is confirmed we can talk about a serious contribution by the president of the United States to the fight against worldwide terrorism", said Peskov.
The SDF commander, General Mazloum Kobani, also referred to a SDF-run spy in Baghdadi's entourage in interviews with U.S. media on Monday.
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One thing that both Milley and Secretary of Defense Mark Esper made clear, however, is that the exercise demonstrated America's ability to neutralize targets wherever they may hide.
In 2011, the burial of bin Laden was conducted aboard aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson in the North Arabian Sea in accordance with the terror mastermind's own religious customs, according to us officials. Once the US troops began to vacate key outposts near the Syrian-Turkish border, Turkey launched an assault targeting the Kurds, many of whom it views as terrorists with links to groups inside Turkey.
He said the Americans themselves have claimed and even confessed to have created Daesh and Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. "Our intelligence source was involved in sending coordinates, directing the airdrop, participating in and making the operation a success until the last minute", Can said.
SDF commander General Mazloum Abdi, in an interview with USA network NBC, said the fighters cultivated a security advisor deep within al-Baghdadi's inner circle who provided them a layout of his home - including the number of guards, floor plans and tunnels.
Can, the SDF advisor, said Turkey's incursion this month - made possible by Trump's controversial decision to withdraw some 1,000 U.S. troops - caused a delay in the operation against al-Baghdadi.
"He ignited his vest, killing himself", Trump said.
Donald Trump has thus played down the role of the SDF, who fought the military campaign against Isis with United States troops, but whom Trump abandoned last month by ordering USA troops to stand aside before a Turkish offensive against the Syrian Kurds.
The SDF has questioned how Ankara was not aware of the presence of Baghdadi and other senior leaders so close to areas in Syria under its control.