ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi posed as a wealthy fabric trader while hiding in Syria before being betrayed by a security officer who wanted to take revenge.
Kurdish SDF commander Mazloum Abdi said the official started working together because he was angry about the & # 39; hard & # 39; treatment of ISIS by his family and wanted to hit back.
Abdi said the man is an Arab who has & # 39; many family members in ISIS & # 39; but & # 39; no longer believed in the future of [the terror group] & # 39; and decided to ship the location from Baghdad to the US.
The extremist cleric blew himself up in a compound near the village of Barisha, in the province of Idlib in Syria, during a raid by American troops at the weekend.
Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was betrayed by a senior official who was responsible for his safety and took revenge on the & # 39; hard & # 39; treatment of his family by ISIS, the Kurds claim
The security officer was regularly called for personal meetings with Baghdadi at his compound, and although he was never allowed to learn the exact location, he was able to provide the US with sufficient information to locate it
Baghdadi blew himself up with a suicide jacket while American troops attacked the compound, in the province of Idlib in northern Syria, at the weekend
Local people told Turkish news site Daily Sabah that until American troops showed up, they believed that Baghdadi was a wealthy fabric trader who hid with his family before the war.
Abu Ahmed Barisha, who lives in the city, said he believed Baghdadi was part of a migrant family and moved himself from location to location to prevent conflicts.
The true identity of the terrorist was only known by a close group of people, including the security officer who worked with Abdi and the Kurds, he said NBC.
Abdi would not reveal how or when he first contacted the official, but said his collaboration has been significantly deepened over the past five months.
The move coincided with the move from Baghdad from an area in eastern Syria to Idlib, which was confirmed in April this year.
Abdi said that from that moment on the officer was steadily transferring information to his forces with information about the new compound, which allowed the US to locate it.
The civil servant has never been informed of the location and has always been brought in a car or taxi by the bodyguards of Baghdad.
Kurdish SDF commander Mazloum Abdi said that he had been in contact with the ISIS spy since April, when Baghdadi was first moved to the Idlib site
While most people were blindfolded before the trip, at least he was allowed to look out the window in the early stages of the ride.
At one point, Abdi said, the officer had to lower his seat and lie down, looking up at the car roof.
But he could still tell if he was driving through a village, forest or open terrain, the commander of the SDF said.
Once on the site, he was allowed to look around freely, identifying various points of interest, including a red water tank on the roof, which were then used to determine the exact location.
The meetings were regular but erratic, Abdi claimed, saying that the officer had to wait to be summoned by Baghdadi before being granted an audience.
Locals who lived near the complex said they knew Baghdadi as a wealthy fabric trader who hid with his family before the war.
The Pentagon has released video segments that show troops approaching the compound while unmanned aerial vehicles bombed it from the air
Kurdish troops said Baghdadi was preparing to move to another compound within 48 hours of the US raid, the location of which they did not know
However, those personal encounters – usually to discuss the security arrangements at the compound – proved vital for the US raid.
Abdi said the informant could describe a room-by-room layout of the terrorist compound on the Turkish border, including the number of guards, floor plan, and tunnels.
He was also present at the compound in Idlib, in northwestern Syria, when American Special Ops troops invaded the safe house to confront the terrorist leader.
The US has confirmed that the informant is now likely to receive a portion or full premium of $ 25 million on the head of Baghdad.
It came when the Pentagon released footage with the raid that resulted in the death of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
The estimated location of the compound where Baghdadi was hiding, according to the US.
Baghdadi was depicted in 2014 and gave a speech from the Al Nuri mosque in which he explained the so-called ISIS caliphate
Marine Corps General Kenneth F. McKenzie Jr., commander of the American Central Command, published the images during a press conference on Wednesday at the Pentagon.
McKenzie was the operational commander of the Delta Force raid, which took place in northwestern Syria on Saturday, and resulted in the death of Baghdadi after the terror leader set off a suicide jacket to prevent imprisonment.
The General clarified that Baghdadi killed two of his own young children in the explosion, not three as the assault force initially believed. McKenzie said both children were younger than 12 years old.
& # 39; Baghdadi has been the subject of an intense effort between authorities to bring him to justice, and that effort has increased considerably lately as we approached his whereabouts, & # 39; McKenzie said in a statement.
& # 39; When it became clear that we had acquired volatile and useful information about his hiding place, we developed an implementation level plan designed to capture or kill him and began preparing a special operation team for the mission, & # 39; he added.
Video of the raid on Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is shown while the commander of the American central commander Marine Gen. Kenneth McKenzie speaks
. [TagsToTranslate] Dailymail