US officials said the body of the head of the militant group of the Islamic State Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was buried at sea, when new details emerged about the operation of the US special forces that led to his death during the end of week.
The Syrian Kurds claimed to be a key source of intelligence that led Americans to Baghdad after years of tracking the man behind a five-year reign of terror in much of Iraq and Syria.
And an unidentified American military dog became an unlikely hero of the raid, suffering wounds while chasing Baghdadi through a dead-end tunnel under his hiding place in northwestern Syria, where the militant immolated himself and three children with A suicide vest.
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The U.S. Army UU. He succeeded on Monday after eliminating the founder and spiritual guide of the IS group, and culminated a campaign of years to crush the extremist organization that at one time created a "caliphate" the size of England.
"His death marks a devastating blow to the remains of [IS]"said Defense Secretary Mark Esper.
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He praised the force of almost a hundred people who went by helicopter to the rural complex in the Idlib region of Syria on a complex mission that required coordination with the Russians, Kurds, Turks and the regime of President Bashar al-Assad to prevent will fire at American planes.
"They executed the raid in all its facets brilliantly," Esper said.
The president of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Mark Milley, said no one was injured in the operation, despite the fact that the US team caught fire when they arrived.
They took two men prisoners and took Baghdadi's body to a secure facility for a DNA test that would confirm his identity, Milley said.
"The removal of his remains was done, is complete and handled properly," he added, and said it was handled "in accordance with the law of armed conflict."
Another Pentagon official confirmed that Baghdadi's body was thrown into the sea in an unnamed place, similar to the burial at sea in 2011 of Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden after his death in a raid by US special forces in Pakistan.
A Kurdish official said an internal source that the group oversaw was responsible for taking US forces to the Baghdadi hideout, helping to trace the interior of the complex, its staff, and making it possible for them to identify the head of the Islamic State.
"Since May 15, we have been working together with the CIA (Central Intelligence Agency) to track al-Baghdadi and monitor it closely," said Polat Can, senior advisor to the Syrian Democratic Forces led by the Kurds.
The group had an informant who was able to infiltrate Baghdadi's house.
"Al-Baghdadi changed his places of residence very often," he said on Twitter.
"Our intelligence source was involved in sending coordinates, directing the air launch, participating and making the operation a success until the last minute," said Polat Can.
The source also "brought al-Baghdadi's underwear to perform a DNA test and make sure that the person in question was al-Baghdadi himself," he said.
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The focus was also on the nameless dog, probably a Belgian Malinois, a breed favored by the military, who chased Baghdadi in a tunnel under the complex and cornered him before he detonated his suicide vest.
Trump praised the dog on Sunday as "beautiful," but military officials said any information about it, including his name, was secret.
"It's classified, we're protecting the dog's identity," said Milley.
The dog had been "slightly injured and is recovering completely," he said.
The United States will not watch over Syria
On Monday, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman offered to the President of the United States, Donald Trump, his congratulations on the raid.
"The Crown Prince congratulated the President on the successful mission of the United States to bring to justice the founder and leader of ISIS, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi," the White House said in a statement.
US officials said Baghdadi's death would not end the conflict in Syria, but they warned that Washington could not be trusted to bring peace to the region.
"The death of Baghdadi will not rid the world of terrorism or end the ongoing conflict in Syria," Esper said.
"The security situation in Syria remains complex," he said, adding: "Acting as a police force to resolve each dispute is not our mission."
But he said Baghdadi's death "will certainly send a message to those who question the US resolution and give a warning to terrorists who think they can hide."