Posted on October 29, 2019, 3:02 PM IST
Monday drew all the headlines when US President Donald Trump announced that Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was ambushed and killed in an operation lead by the American forces. Baghdadi blew himself up while being chased in a dead tunnel in Syria.
The only witness to his DNA were his underpants, which were obtained by an undercover source and DNA tested to prove his identity before the operation by U.S. forces that lead to his suicide-death, an advisor to the Syrian Democratic Forces said on Monday.
Polat Can, a senior advisor to the Kurdish-led SDF, gave details on the social media platform Twitter about how SDF intelligence worked to locate Baghdadi.
"Our own source, who had been able to reach al-Baghdadi, brought al-Baghdadi's underwear to conduct a DNA test and make sure (100%) that the person in question was al-Baghdadi himself," Can said.
Trump has said that the Kurds provided vital information which proved "helpful" to the operation. Can said the SDF had been working since May 15th with the CIA to track Baghdadi, and managed to confirm that he had moved from Deir al-Zor in eastern Syria to Idlib, where he was killed.
Baghdadi had been about to change location to the Syrian town of Jarablus when the operation happened, he elaborated, "All intelligence and access to al-Baghdadi as well as the identification of his place, were the result of our own work. 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.