Baghdadi 'died like a dog' says Trump, without hearing the audio
- Author: Michelle Webb Oct 29, 2019,
Oct 29, 2019, 0:28
While announcing the killing of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, President Trump described the terrorist's death during the US raid in unusually graphic detail - repeatedly claiming that al-Baghdadi died "whimpering, screaming and crying".
"The most likely outcome is that the death of Baghdadi leads to a moment of silence and a pause in terror attacks" Hisham al-Hashimi, a Baghdad-based specialist on extremist movements, told AFP. Warrick is a national security reporter for the Washington Post and Pulitzer-prize winning author of Black Flags: The Rise Of ISIS.
He said there were "contradictory details" which raised "legitimate questions and doubts about the success of this American operation".
Dr Farida said the timing of Baghdadi's death was "definitely a tactical move" by the Trump administration.
Al-Baghdadi's remains were taken to a secure facility to confirm his identity with forensic DNA testing, Milley said.
Al-Baghdadi's exhortations were instrumental in inspiring attacks in the heart of Europe, Australia and the United States.
The dog, part of the Army Delta force, which executed the raid, was believed to have been injured from an electrocution and is recovering, a U.S. defense official said.
"Since the final defeat of the Islamic State by the Syrian government with the support of Russian air power in 2018, the umpteenth "death" of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has no operational significance for the situation in Syria nor for the actions of the remaining terrorists in Idlib".
The husband of Baghdadi's wife's sister has emerged as one of the key figures in the hunt for the Isisi leader.
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Speculation has abounded around a senior ISIL figure known as Abdullah Qardash - a former Iraqi military officer jailed with al-Baghdadi in the US-run Iraqi prison of Camp Bucca.
Syrian Kurdish forces spokesman Mustafa Bali said his fighters believe al-Muhajir was in Jarablus to facilitate al-Baghdadi's travel to the area, which is administered by Turkey-backed fighters.
Milley also said service members obtained certain "material" during the raid, but said, "I don't want to say exactly what or how much".
Defence officials indicated they had followed the same protocol as with the body of Osama bin Laden, who was also buried at sea after he was killed in a raid in Abbottabad, Pakistan in 2011.
"More (ISIS terrorists) remain hiding in the area", Bali said late on October 27.
U.S. special forces were able to identify al-Baghdadi 15 minutes after he was killed by conducting a DNA test on-site.
The information provided by Ethawi were critical in tracking Baghdadi.
"I told my people we will not notify them until our great people are out".
During his Sunday press conference announcing the death of the ISIS leader, Trump said that Baghdadi had "died like a dog, he died like a coward". He also said a SDF member took part in the U.S. raid and in a joint raid on Jarabulus in northern Syria, saying that there would be more such raids on Isis militants in "the next few days".