Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi .. His wife played a role in the rhythm and targeting it was a film for Trump[/rtl]
[rtl]Date: Edit: 2019/10/28 9:28 • 163 times read[/rtl]
During their long pursuit of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, Iraqi intelligence teams made progress in February 2018, after a senior aide to the Islamic State leader gave them information on how he had escaped capture for many years, according to Iraqi security officials. .
The man, Ismail al-Ithawi, is one of five men arrested and has provided Iraqi intelligence with important information about the various locations Baghdadi used before his death.
Al-Ithawi told officials, after being arrested by the Turkish authorities and handed over to Iraqis, that Baghdadi sometimes held important talks with his commanders, in small buses loaded with vegetables to avoid detection.
"He gave us valuable information," an Iraqi security official told Reuters. "It helped the team of multiple security agencies in Iraq complete the mystery of Baghdadi's movements and the places he was hiding."
Al-Ithawi joined al-Qaeda in 2006 and was detained by US forces in 2008 and imprisoned for four years, according to Iraqi security officials. After ISIS largely collapsed in 2017, al-Ithawi fled to Syria with his Syrian wife.
US President Donald Trump said on Sunday Baghdadi died "crying and screaming" in a raid by US special forces in the Idlib region of northwestern Syria.
In a televised address from the White House, Trump said the ISIS leader was killed along with three of his children when he detonated his explosive vest after he fled into a deadlock during the attack.
In another operation, an ISIS spokesman was killed on Sunday in northern Syria, a senior Kurdish official said.
"Muhajir, Baghdadi's right-hand man and ISIS spokesman, was targeted in the village of Ain al-Baida near Jarablus, in a coordinated operation between the SDF and the US military," said Mazloum Abdi, commander of the SDF.
An Iraqi security official told Reuters that informants in Syria then spotted an Iraqi man, wearing a colorful headdress in the Idlib market, and identified him with a photograph.
That person was al-Ithawi, and they followed him to the house where al-Baghdadi lived.
The official said: "We conveyed the details to the CIA," CIA, "and used a satellite and drones to monitor the site, during the past five months."
In other classified information obtained by Iraqi and Kurdish intelligence services in Iraq and Syria, two US officials told the New York Times that the arrest and interrogation of one of al-Baghdadi's wives played a major role in the preparation of the operation, which US officials dubbed Kayla Mueller, a former ISIS hostage. .
Based on that initial classified information, the CIA worked closely with Iraqi and Kurdish intelligence officials in Iraq and Syria to locate al-Baghdadi and put spies in place to monitor his periodic movements, allowing US special forces to launch an attack on Saturday (Oct. 27). October).
Baghdadi was "sometimes in strategic talks" with his commanders in minibuses loaded with vegetables to avoid detection.
Initial planning for the attack began last summer. Members of the Delta Force unit in the US military have begun drawing up plans for training on a secret mission to kill or capture Baghdadi.
The "Delta Force" is a US military unit combat described as elite special forces, surrounded by most of its operations undercover, and mainly concerned with the fight against "terrorism" and rescue of hostages and rapid intervention.
The task force faced enormous obstacles to the success of the mission. Al-Baghdadi's location was controlled by al-Qaeda, Russia controlled airspace in that area of Syria, and Delta Force canceled the mission at the last minute before executing it at least twice.
Trump said the latest operation was backed by aircraft and military ships, and that he saw it during a live broadcast in the White House operating room with Vice President Mike Pence, Defense Secretary Mark Esper, National Security Adviser Robert O'Brien, and other intelligence officials.
Trump said: "As if you were watching a movie."