The remains of ISIS leader and founder Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi were disposed at sea after he died during the US military raid that targeted his compound in northwest Syria over the weekend, a USA official confirmed Monday.
A spy for Kurdish forces in Syria stole Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi's underwear in order to obtain a DNA sample of the ISIS leader and help lead the USA military to his location, Kurdish officials have claimed.
President Trump's elaborate tale of ISIS's Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi dying "like a dog" and a coward, whimpering pathetically all the while, and watching the whole thing in real time like a Hollywood film is raising eyebrows, mostly on the basis that it didn't happen like he says.
News of al-Baghdadi's death had not yet been formally announced to those in the camps on Monday, but many of them have telephones and news has most likely reached them.
He was a senior religious leader of the self-proclaimed Islamic State and was killed when Special Forces who had been tracking him for days conducted a raid on his vehicle.
Securing the oil fields is now part of America's mission, and Defense Secretary Mark Esper added US forces would defend them from Russian and Syrian forces, if necessary.
"Baghdadi's death will not rid the world of terrorism or end the ongoing conflict in Syria", said Esper.
During a visit to Chicago for a police chiefs convention Monday, Trump said the oil fields in Syria were worth $45 million a month in revenue, and the US plans to keep them.
But he told reporters that the Russian military had spotted USA planes and drones in the area of Syria where Washington said it had carried out the raid.
He praised the almost hundred-strong force that helicoptered to the rural compound in the Idlib region of Syria in a complex mission that required coordination with Russians, Kurds, Turks and President Bashar al-Assad regime to prevent United States aircraft from being fired upon.
Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) General Commander Mazloum Abdi said it was "a continuation of the previous operation" in which Baghdadi was killed over the weekend.
Vaezi added that the US destroyed Daesh's leader but this will not eradicate the source of violence.
"Our intelligence source was involved in sending coordinates, directing the airdrop, participating in and making the operation a success until the last minute", Polat Can said. The troops eventually cornered him and three young children that he had taken captive.
'He was a sick and depraved man and now he's gone, ' Trump said. "Or hurt. We had nobody even hurt", he said.
In 2011, Bin Laden's body was taken to the U.S.S. Carl Vinson, a USA aircraft carrier in the North Arabian Sea, according to officials.
US Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman General Mark Milley said that no US troops were injured in the operation, despite taking fire when they arrived. Iyad al-Obaidi, ISIS's defense minister and a veteran of late Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein's Baath Party, is another name that has been thrown around to become their next leader.