Pentagon officials have said that US troops captured two men during the raid on the Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s hideout in Syria’s Idlib province over the weekend.
On Monday, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and US Defense Secretary both said that the captured individuals were now “in a secure facility”.
The death of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi during Saturday’s raid in northwest Syria has been confirmed by US President Donald Trump.
“Last night, the United States brought the world’s number one terrorist leader to justice,” Trump announced on Sunday. “Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is dead.”
Trump said that during the raid, after fleeing into a tunnel while being chased by US military dogs, Baghdadi blew himself up alongside three of his children with a suicide vest.
“He was a sick and depraved man, and now he’s gone,” Trump said. “He died like a dog, he died like a coward.”
Trump added that Baghdadi ‘whimpered and cried’ before dying.
General Mark Milley has stated that Baghdadi’s remains had been disposed of and that the government has no plans to share footage of his death.
“Baghdadi’s remains were transported to a secure facility to confirm his identity with forensic DNA testing, and the disposal of his remains has been done and is complete and was handled appropriately,” General Milley – the highest ranking member of the US military – told journalists.
As for the two men taken into US custody, no further details have been released.
The Pentagon has said that although no US military personnel were killed during the raid, one of the dogs chasing Baghdadi was seriously injured.
Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi rose to prominence in 2014 after he declared that a new Islamic “caliphate” in Iraq and Syria had been established.
Despite Trump having declared the Islamic State’s “caliphate” over earlier in the year, IS fighters remain active in small pockets throughout Syria.
The death of the ISIS leader is being hailed by many as a policy victory for Trump, who continues to face heavy criticism from globalists on the right and left for deciding to pull US troops out of northern Syria.