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Trump officials don't know where he got Baghdadi 'whimpering' details

President Donald Trump announces the death of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in a raid by American special operations forces in Syria in remarks at the White House in Washington D.C. on Oct. 27 2019 Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi given burial at sea, afforded religious rites, US officials say
Noel Elliott | 30 October, 2019, 01:12

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the Islamic State group, was captured and killed in a U.S. military raid in Syria on Monday.

Baghdadi, according to Trump, died "after running into a dead-end tunnel, whimpering and crying and screaming" during a raid by the USA forces.

Mr Esper said last week that a "mechanised" force would reinforce USA positions in the oil region, meaning a force equipped with tanks or Bradley infantry carriers.

An unnamed United States military dog also became an unlikely hero of the raid, incurring injuries as it chased al-Baghdadi down a dead-end tunnel underneath his hideout, where he blew himself and three children up with a suicide vest.

USA defense officials remain on alert in relation to the Islamic State militant group, as President Donald Trump credited the death of its leader to his own leadership.

Trump described Baghdadi as "whimpering and crying and screaming all the way" to his death.

US forces entered the compound by helicopter, quickly neutralized al-Baghdadi's forces in a gun fight and then secured the building to protect civilians.

Syrian Kurds say they managed to place a spy in Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi's inner circle who stole a pair of the Isis leader's underpants to prove his identity and then helped guide USA soldiers to his Syrian hideout.

There, in a "dead-end tunnel", Trump said, the militant leader detonated an explosive vest, killing himself and three of what were believed to be his six children.

Philippine military on alert following death of Islamic State leader Baghdadi
Milley could not confirm President Donald Trump's description of al-Baghdadi as "whimpering and crying" in his final moments. He added that it was Iran's help that pushed Baghdadi out of Iraq and into Idlib in Syria and allowed him to be located.

And what to make of an operation perhaps precipitated by Donald Trump's abrupt decision to pull out of Syria?

The official also confirmed SDF claims that its forces had killed the IS spokesman in a separate operation Sunday in the town of Jarablus, near the Syrian border with Turkey.

A Kurdish informant inside ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi's inner circle gave key details of the terror leader's hideout and even proved he knew where Baghdadi was located by producing a pair of his used underwear, a report said.

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper offered some of his most detailed remarks to date about the mission at a news briefing on Monday.

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was the self-styled leader of the Islamic State group (ISIS), and perhaps the world's most-wanted terrorist.

"He was a sick and depraved man".

"The president had planned a talk down to the unit and unit members", the general said.

Speculation has also centred on Abdullah Qardash - a former Iraqi military officer jailed with al-Baghdadi in the US-run Iraqi prison of Camp Bucca.

It was unclear if that was the person Trump was referring to in his tweet.

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