More details have been revealed about the ISIS defector who has provided important information that led to the successful US operation to kill Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
The mole, a man with an unidentified nationality, was actually in the Syrian compound of Baghdad when the American Delta Forces attacked him and killed the terror leader on Saturday, told American and Middle Eastern officials to the Washington Post.
The informant provided detailed information, including the precise layout of the complex and the location of Baghdad within, at the time of the attack, officials said.
The defector is expected to receive some or all of the $ 25 million premium that the US had placed on Baghdadi, and was filtered out of Syria with his family two days after the raid.
An important informant who helped lead US special forces to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi (photo) provided important information about the safe home of the Isis leader in Syria and even produced his dirty underwear for DNA testing
Baghdadi, 48, the elusive leader of the Islamic state, committed suicide and three of his children by deploying a suicide jacket while US troops stormed his compound in Northern Syria (photo) Saturday night
An official told the Post that the man was a Sunni Arab who became bitter with ISIS after the extremist Muslim group killed his family members.
The informant is supposed to be the same person who previously told NBC News that he had stolen dirty underpants for DNA testing to confirm his identity.
Kurdish intelligence officers overseeing the informant passed the intelligence on to American troops before they invaded the safe house of Baghdad.
Baghdadi, 48, the elusive leader of the Islamic state, committed suicide and three of his children by deploying a suicide jacket while US troops stormed the compound on Saturday night.
General Mazloum Abdi of the Syrian Democratic Forces said the informant described a room-by-room layout of the compound of the terrorist at the Turkish border, including the number of guards, map and tunnels, reports NBC News.
The unveiling of the informant comes when President Donald Trump receives renewed criticism of his decision to withdraw US troops from Syria, forcing the Kurds to confront a Turkish offensive themselves.
The president had praised American troops for the Baghdadi raid, which, in its final moments, was in extreme fear, in total panic and fear & # 39; was terrified of the American troops that landed on him & # 39 ;.
The informer who led the US to Baghdadi said that General Mazloum Abdi of the Syrian Democratic Forces (photo) described a room-by-room layout of the compound of the terrorist at the Turkish border, including the number of guards, map and tunnels,
However, two intelligence officials revealed to the New York Times that it was actually the Syrian and Iraqi Kurds who provided the most information about Baghdad's whereabouts and were able to help him.
In fact, officials began to reduce the location of Baghdad and plan the attack last summer, but the operation to take his hideout was nearly blown out of the water when Trump abruptly announced plans to withdraw US troops from northern Syria.
The daring movement forced Pentagon officials to give the night-time raid the green light before their control of troops, spies and reconnaissance aircraft was withdrawn, military, intelligence and terrorist fighters revealed to the Times.
Those officials say al-Baghdad's death is largely due to Trump's military leadership, where the Kurds continue to inform the CIA even after Trump's announcement, making them vulnerable to attacks from an aggressive Turkish front.
The informant in Saturday's raid took care of the dirty underpants of Baghdad to ensure (100%) that the person in question was Al Baghdadi himself & # 39 ;, tweeted Polat Can, a senior official in the Kurdish Democratic Forces
The informant in Saturday's raid took care of the dirty underpants of Baghdad to ensure (100%) that the person in question was Al Baghdadi himself & # 39 ;, tweeted Polat Can, a senior official in the Kurdish Democratic Forces.
The informant also provided blood from the Isis leader to further prove his access to the jihadist.
US intelligence officials used the samples to get a positive DNA contest at Baghdadi to start the attack. The underwear was stolen about three months ago and the blood sample was taken about a month ago, a Kurdish official told NBC.
Trump thanked Syrian Kurds on Sunday for their role in finding Baghdadi.
The president, who spoke to the White House nation, said the Kurds were not militarily involved, but did provide & # 39; some information that proved useful & # 39 ;.
For many Kurds, it was not enough of recognition, especially after Trump thanked Russia and other nations. Kurdish-led troops have lost 11,000 men and women since they started fighting ISIS five years ago.
Trump thanked Syrian Kurds on Sunday for their role in finding Baghdadi. The president, who spoke to the White House nation, said the Kurds were not militarily involved, but did provide & # 39; some information that proved to be useful & # 39;
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