Iraq airs footage of raid which ‘killed Daesh leader’

October 27, 2019

Iraqi state television has aired footage of what it said was a raid in Syria that reportedly killed Daesh leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

Baghdadi was reportedly targeted in the early hours of Sunday in the Syrian village of Barisha near the Turkish border, in an operation which involved helicopters, warplanes and a ground clash.

US President Donald Trump prepared to make a “major statement” at the White House, while unnamed sources in Iraq, Syria and Iran said they were informed of the development.

Day-time footage on Iraq’s state broadcaster showed a crater in the ground and what appeared to be the aftermath of a raid, with torn blood-stained clothes on the ground. It also showed night-time footage of an explosion.

The broadcaster quoted an expert on terrorism saying that Iraqi intelligence agencies had helped pinpoint Baghdadi’s location.

The Britain-based war monitor, the so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, said nine people were killed during the two-hour raid, including two women and at least one child. It did not know if Baghdadi was among the dead.
A senior Pentagon official familiar with the operation and a US Army official briefed on the matter told the media early on Sunday that a “high value ISIS (Daesh) target” – believed to be Baghdadi – was targeted during a top-secret operation in Syria’s Idlib province.

Idlib is the last bastion of foreign-backed terrorists, where a “safe zone” set up by Turkey has prevented Syrian troops from returning the territory to the government fold.

The Turkish Defense Ministry said Turkish and US military authorities had exchanged and coordinated information ahead of the attack.

“Prior to the US operation in Idlib Province of Syria last night, information exchange and coordination between the military authorities of both countries took place,” the ministry said on Twitter.

The news about the death of al-Baghdadi comes in the wake of US withdrawal of troops from Syria.

A series of reports from Syria in recent months have suggested that the US was airlifting Daesh and other Takfiri militants to unknown locations in the face of advancing Syrian troops who have recaptured most of the country from terrorists.

US sources said Sunday the Joint Special Operations Command carried out the raid after receiving actionable intelligence.

The commander of Kurdish SDF militants also claimed that his fighters played a role in the raid, providing intelligence to the American forces.

“A historic, successful operation as a result of joint intelligence work with the United States of America,” Mazloum Abdi said on Twitter.

US officials told NBC News that forensic teams were working on the scene of the raid to identify al-Baghdadi’s remains.


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  1. First they make them, pay them and then kill them. (or jail them). Osama bin Laden was well known to have been on CIA’s pay roll. Baghdadi too (although not admitted). Noriega, now in US jail, was also on CIA’s pay roll. Ah well, politics has no permanent friends.

    • There is evidence, even from the UN, that Israel supplied weapons and communication gear. Turkey bought the oil from ISIS territory and paid cash. Israel bought the oil, among others. Direct ‘weapons drop’ to ISIS from US planes were witnesses many times by locals. An Iraqi General told me ‘it is common knowledge in the region’. Murderous ISIS never attacked Israeli positions. Were all the Toyotas in the beginning of the campaign came from? US bankrolled? Well, the US is clever. When they need bankrolling they blackmail the Saudis and the UAE to pay up. Only a blind men cannot see all that. Rembember? I was in Baghdad 2003 to 2011 and in Benghazi when Ghaddafi was killed. In Benghazi the anti-Ghaddafi fighters had satellite phones ‘curtesy of Qatar’. The Qataris do what the USA tells them to do, because if they dont they would loose the US’ protection.

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