A cache of ISIS documents found on the Syrian compound where Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi died during a raid by special US forces could be the key to reveal the terror group's future plans, it is believed.
President Donald Trump revealed that US forces & # 39; very sensitive material & # 39; had recovered during the nightly raid that ended when the jihadist leader blew himself up with a suicide jacket.
The Americans spent two hours in the compound and & # 39; took very sensitive material and information from the robbery, much to do with the origins of ISIS, plans for the future, things we really want & # 39 ;, Trump announced.
US intelligence workers will now start searching the plethora of information for evidence of planned attacks around the world.
In addition, American troops took DNA samples linked to an Iraqi prison where Baghdadi was detained in 2004 to confirm his identity.
Rumors of Baghdad's death have often surfaced over the years, but American troops sent the White House back on Saturday night with & # 39; 100 percent confidence & # 39; that Washington had his husband.
Before: a satellite image of what was allegedly the site of Abu Bakr al-Baghdad in northern Syria, where he died on Saturday evening in an attack by special US forces
Next: The compound was destroyed in an American helicopter trap while Baghdadi fled into a tunnel where he exploded an explosive vest and killed himself, according to Donald Trump
Caliphate leader: Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi detonated his own suicide jacket during the targeted attack on his army in the province of Idlib in Syria and killed three of his children in the explosion. He can be seen in a still from a video released in April, and has not been seen since he spoke at the Great Mosque in Mosul in 2014
Ex-Saddam Hussein ally & # 39; is new ISIS leader & # 39;
The new ISIS leader is supposed to be a former officer in Saddam Hussein's army who forged an alliance with al-Baghdadi in the prison in Iraq before becoming his enforcer and chief policymaker.
Abdullah Qardash – nicknamed the professor because of his reputation as a legislator – is known as a cruel but popular figure among the ISIS rider.
According to a statement by Amaq, the ISIS news agency, Baghdadi has appointed Qardash to lead the group's day-to-day activities in August this year, making him the heir after his former boss killed himself during a US raid in Syria .
Abdullah Qardash is believed to be the new leader of ISIS after the death of Baghdad
Allegedly, he has already taken over a number of duties from al-Baghdadi before his death this week when he exploded a suicide jacket.
An official Newsweek told: & # 39; Baghdadi was a figurehead. He was not involved in operations or daily. & # 39;
& # 39; The only thing Baghdadi did was say yes or no – no schedule. & # 39;
It comes when experts have warned the IS and the extremist jihadist movements have repeatedly shown resilience in the last one and a half decades after the deaths of important leaders.
And their militants, hardened by years of struggle, remain in place all over the world.
The group was perhaps ready for the death of Baghdadi, and after an initial adjustment period of a few months, it could even be used as a gathering case for launching new attacks, she added.
Baghdadi was detained in Iraq following the US-led invasion that overthrew Saddam Hussein in 2003.
He was detained in camp Bucca, a notorious militant breeding ground where tens of thousands of Iraqi insurgents lived.
While he was there, his DNA and fingerprints were taken and it was that evidence that allowed Trump to confirm Baghdad's death yesterday morning.
Lab technicians performed a DNA test on site to check whether they had positively identified the target within 15 minutes of his death.
The remains of Baghdad have been removed from the compound and will be buried at sea in the same way as the body of Osama bin Laden in 2011.
When the US forces were ready, they destroyed the Baghdad compound to prevent it from becoming a sanctuary, a Newsweek official said.
American intelligence workers will now start reviewing the confiscated documents from the compound amid warnings that the threat of ISIS has not yet disappeared.
Although Baghdad's death may make ISIS divided and out of control, there are fears that his followers will now carry out revenge attacks on the West.
The French Minister of the Interior yesterday called for more vigilance in a country that has already been the victim of multiple ISIS attacks.
& # 39; The possible intensification of jihadist propaganda after this death, which may require revenge, requires the most extreme vigilance, & # 39; said Christophe Castaner.
French President Emmanuel Macron also urged caution after the death of the 48-year-old terrorist leader.
& # 39; The death of Al-Baghdadi is a hard blow to the Islamic state, but it is only a phase, & # 39; Macron said.
Former US Vice President Joe Biden, leader of the Democratic nomination in 2020, warned that ISIS remains a threat to the American people and our allies.
Rita Katz, director of the SITE Intelligence Group following the jihadist media, said the extremist movement had previously overcome the loss of individual leaders.
"ISIS has illustrated its operational resilience and will certainly benefit from the death of Baghdad for recruitment and calls for attacks," she wrote on Twitter.
Trump did not reveal the precise nature of what was discovered, and said it & # 39; very sensitive & # 39; material was exactly what Washington wanted.
Earlier this year, documents revealed recovered from an ISIS battlefield plans to set up sleeping cells and to carry out attacks and abductions in Europe.
According to letters from the jihadists, ISIS aims to recruit & # 39; as many suicide bombers as possible & # 39; and collect an arsenal of weapons.
The raid on Osama bin Laden in 2011 revealed a wealth of documents that helped to reveal the inner workings of Al-Qaeda.
Among the collection were a handwritten personal journal of 228 pages from Bin Laden and tens of thousands of images and audio files.
There were also bizarre elements, including a pornographic stock.
A drone view shows the compound that was destroyed by the US operation on Saturday and the surrounding area in northwestern Syria
Because the pedestrians who are still loyal to the terrorist group of the Islamic State were surprised by the crack-American team that descended on their high-profile prize – Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the world's most wanted man
Twisted metal: burnt and distorted materials lie in the rubble at the location in northwestern Syria, where Baghdadi was killed in a raid by special US units
Scavenging: people search the rubble near the village of Barisha yesterday after the compound was destroyed by the American invasion
Baghdadi was largely regarded as a figurehead of the global terror network and was described in 2017 by a coalition spokesperson as & # 39; not relevant for a long time & # 39 ;.
His whereabouts had long been a mystery and he was not one of the last ISIS holdouts in Baghouz when the group lost its last piece of territory in March.
Nicknamed & # 39; The Spirit & # 39 ;, he had not appeared in public since he delivered a sermon in 2014 at Mosul's famous Al-Nuri Mosque and himself & # 39; caliph & # 39; stated.
He appeared again in a video in April of this year in which he discussed the bombing of Easter Sunday in which more than 250 people died in Sri Lanka.
More recently, he had called on his followers to break ISIS prisoners from the camps where they are being held in Syria.
The US Department of Foreign Affairs had posted a $ 25 million reward for information about its whereabouts.
The village of Barisha, near the compound where Baghdadi was killed, is near the border with Turkey, but far from the & # 39; s regions where American troops were deployed and used to operate.
The area is mountainous and sparsely populated, about 15 north of the city of Idlib, the capital of the province.
It is nominally controlled by Hayat Tahrir al-Sham, an outfit with former members of Al-Qaeda & # 39; s former branch in Syria.
Landscape: An aerial photo of the site that was taken yesterday shows the damage that the helicopter has done to the site where al-Baghdadi was supposed to have lived
Reduced to rubble: the site of the compound can be seen yesterday after the helicopter attack commissioned by Donald Trump
But ISIS sleeping cells and the Al Qaida-linked Hurras al-Deen group are also present in the area, says the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights Monitor.
Moreover, Al Qaeda also remains a powerful threat in some parts of the Middle East and Africa.
A UN panel warned earlier this year that Al-Qaida remains & # 39; resilient & # 39; and said the affiliated groups were stronger than ISIS in Yemen, Somalia and much of West Africa.
Meanwhile, ISIS and Al-Qaeda in Libya apparently have overlapping areas of influence, with up to 200 hunters supporting Al-Qaeda.
In addition, Al Qaeda would be ready to recoup some support from ISIS after the & # 39; caliphate & # 39; had crumbled earlier this year.
Up to 30,000 of those who traveled to the Caliphate & # 39; may still be alive and some of them may join Al-Qaida and related groups, the panel warned.
Trump said the raid – involving eight helicopters that flew for more than an hour from an undisclosed base – was conducted with the cooperation of Russia, Syria, Turkey, and Iraq.
He also thanked the Syrian Kurds & # 39; for some support they could give us & # 39 ;.
Special forces & # 39; carried out a dangerous and daring night attack in northwestern Syria and completed their mission in grand style & # 39 ;, he said.
Meeting in the Situation Room Saturday evening (from left to right): National Security Advisor Robert O & Brien, Vice President Mike Pence, Trump, Secretary of Defense Mark Esper and Joint Chief of Staff US Army General Mark Milley and Brig. General Marcus Evans
Al-Baghdadi fled to a network of underground bunkers and tunnels that crept through the compound, the president said.
The terrorist leader wore a suicide jacket and dragged three children along while fleeing the American troops.
Trump said that as American troops and their dogs approached, the militant & whining and crying and screaming all the way & # 39; went to his death.
& # 39; He reached the end of the tunnel while our dogs chased him, & # 39; said Trump. & # 39; He has lit his vest and killed himself and the three children. & # 39;
At its peak, ISIS controlled parts of Iraq and Syria in a self-proclaimed Caliphate that brutally imposed a Puritan version of Islam.
The group planned or inspired terrorist attacks throughout Europe, while using social media to attract foreign volunteers.
It took years of war, in which IS became notorious for mass executions and sickening hostages, before his last piece of territory in Syria was seized in March.
Operation Obliteration: How American gunships cornered ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi before he & # 39; dragged three children into a dead-end tunnel with him and detonated a suicide belt & # 39;
By Larisa Brown and John R Bradley for the Daily Mail
It was shortly after midnight in the remote village of Barisha that residents heard a familiar noise coming from above.
The buzzing of rotor blades in the darkness indicated that something was coming, something military – that usually brings death in these parts.
And yes, within a few minutes the sound of bullets piercing the sky followed.
But this was not a normal firefight, with those waving automatic weapons on the ground that had outgrown heavily by an enemy they had not expected.
Because the pedestrians who are still loyal to the terrorist group of the Islamic State were surprised by the crack-American team that descended on their controversial prize – Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the world's most wanted man.
Five years after his self-proclaimed & # 39; caliphate & # 39; had launched and brought a new wave of terror to the world, it just finally came to the IS leader.
Capture or die
Played on a live feed for those in the White House, & # 39; as if they were watching a movie & # 39 ;, according to President Donald Trump, the helicopter guns circled, fired with small weapons but delivered their much more devastating riposte.
Some hovered in the air and laid a layer of fire under which a crack team of elite Delta Force commanders and Rangers could safely slide to the ground and landed outside the Baghdad compound on the outskirts of the village.
Armed with highly trained dogs and a robot to withstand suicide attacks, the 70-strong team was ready for a massacre.
Capture or kill … both options were authorized.
Having previously played a round of golf, Trump had returned to the White House, where he settled in the Situation Room alongside his top generals and security officials.
This was the moment they were planning since a lucky holiday in Iraq last month.
Iraqi-Kurdish officials had held one of Baghdad's many women, a cousin and the wife of one of his trusted couriers.
& # 39; Good advice & # 39; say families of British ISIS victims
Families of Britons murdered during ISIS & # 39; s bloodthirsty terror campaign led by Abu Bakr al-Baghdad greeted the death of the madman last night.
Charlotte Coleman, whose daughter Olivia died in the attack on Manchester Arena, said to The Sun: “If they killed him, well done. No one will ever forget what they have done. & # 39;
And Mike Haines, whose brother-helper David was beheaded in Syria, added: "His bad and cowardly beliefs and actions miss humanity and caused the deaths of many innocent people."
The information from that trio led them, it is understood, to an IS hideout in the desert of western Iraq, a bolthole that would prove to be extremely valuable.
For inside, among some of the personal belongings of the IS leader, the coordinates of his secret location, a non-descriptive house in a part of northwestern Syria that was ruled by Al Qaida, was an enemy of Baghdadi.
Even for the organization that killed more than 3,000 in 9/11, the brutal violence of the Islamic State was too much and Baghdadi was seen as beaten up.
Now that the CIA was on board, the mission to eliminate Baghdadi had suddenly become even more dangerous.
When Mr. Trump arrived on Saturday to view the operation in real time, it happened four days after he gave the green light, with several other opportunities that were broken down at the last minute.
A few moments after he was in place, around 9 o'clock British time, the American helicopters flew from their air base in Iraq and flew about 500 miles over & # 39; very dangerous area & # 39 ;, a journey that took just over an hour. lasted.
The teams had to cross Russian, Syrian and Turkish airspace to reach their goal. With current tensions in the region, they can easily be mistaken for an invading force.
US commanders have informed Moscow, Damascus and Ankara that something & # 39; grand & # 39; that they would like & # 39; is going to happen – but they have not shared their ultimate goal.
When the helicopters, a mix of Chinooks and Black Hawks, approached the compound in the war-destroyed Idlib province, near the Turkish border, all hell broke loose.
Donald Trump confirms the death of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. He said he had watched and followed the entire operation on Saturday evening
Troops storm in
The elite soldiers feared a front door with a booby staircase and made their own opening, blowing holes into the wall of the Baghdad cave. Two & # 39; women & # 39 ;, both with suicide jackets who fortunately did not explode, were killed in the subsequent firefight, along with a large number of & # 39; fighters and companions & # 39; from Baghdad.
Carefully evacuating the building, following room after room in the dark, an Arab speaker called and encouraged Baghdadi to give up on himself.
But the terrorist who called for death ran to the West and pulled Delta Force deeper into the compound they had studied from plans – remembering every corner, every hiding place, and every possible escape route.
As the team continued, they helped 11 children escape alive, while a group of Islamic State extremists, realizing that their time was up, surrendered. Mr. Trump said that & # 39; more dead than alive & # 39; was in the aftermath.
After the compound had been emptied of others, the American troops and their dogs chased Baghdadi in an underground tunnel and took three children with them.
The soldiers knew it was a dead end and there was no escape, so they moved on slowly and sent their highly trained canines.
It was at that point that the murderous regime of Baghdad ended when he set off his own suicide jacket, killed himself, put down his terrified young hostages and much of the tunnel over them.
Trump announced the news yesterday and said: & # 39; The criminal who tried so hard to intimidate others, spent his last moments in utter fear, in total panic and fear, terrified of the American troops who came down on him. & # 39 ;
Back in the White House, they kept abreast of the explosion. Back in the tunnel, the American team dug through the rubble.
Wreck: the rubble and destruction caused by the military attack in the northwestern Syrian village of Barisha, close to the border with Turkey
There wasn't much left of Baghdadi – but enough for a DNA test with a small field set.
Within 15 minutes, news broke through to the Situation Room on the radio: & # 39; 100 percent confident Jackpot. About. & # 39;
Jackpot is considered the code name that the US gave to Baghdadi, the same name that they gave Osama Bin Laden during a similar operation in 2011.
The overall Bin Laden operation was given the classified name & # 39; Operation Neptune Spear & # 39 ;, a reference to the trident in the SEAL Team Six insignia that went after the terrorist.
This time the mission for Baghdadi was given a more human touch, named after the American human rights worker Kayla Mueller, who was captured by IS and, according to the US, made a personal prisoner of her leader before she was killed.
With Baghdadi confirmed dead, and the opposition outside & # 39; destroyed & # 39; in the president's words, Delta Force went outside, but not before they exploited the & # 39 ;, a military term for intelligence gathering en route.
The hiding place has disappeared
They took every computer, every phone, every piece of paper they could find, hoping it would bring them closer to following those who are still loyal to IS and put an end to it once and for all. Two hours after they landed, the team was back in the air, taken to safety, on their way to Syria along the same path they had followed to enter.
The last action was to invoke an air strike by American drones, reducing Baghdad & # 39; s hiding place to rubble, wiping it off the face of the earth and covering their tracks.
When he heard that his units were safe and healthy again, not an accident among them, Donald Trump fired his Twitter to tease the world with a cryptic message: & # 39; Something very big has happened! & # 39;
He then remained silent until he broke the news yesterday morning and told reporters: & # 39; Last night, the United States & # 39; the world's number one terrorist leader. & # 39;
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