Islamic State chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. (Photo Credit: File photo)
The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have claimed that their spy stole Islamic State (ISIS) chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi's underwear which was DNA tested and used to prove his identity before he was eliminated by the US special forces, according to reports.
According to BBC, a senior SDF commander has claimed that their source also played a vital role in tracking down Baghdadi’s location before an operation by US special forces in Syria. Baghdadi killed himself in the raid.
Baghdadi's safe house in northwest Syria was stormed by special forces along with military working dogs and chased the world's most wanted terrorist leader as he tried to flee. He was cornered in a tunnel beneath the building.
US commandos zeroed in on Baghdadi's hideout with the help of an extraordinarily well-placed informant, an Islamic State operative who facilitated the terrorist leader's movements around Syria and even helped oversee construction work on his Syrian safe house, The Washington Post reported, quoting US and Middle East-based officials knowledgeable about the raid on October 26.
US President Donald Trump has, however, downplayed the role of Kurdish forces.
While announcing the raid on October 27, Trump said the Kurds provided "helpful" information but added that they had not carried out "a military role at all".
But Polat Can insisted the SDF played an important part in the raid in a Twitter thread posted on Monday.
"All intelligence and access to al-Baghdadi as well as the identification of his place were the result of our own work. Our intelligence source was involved in sending coordinates, directing the airdrop, participating in and making the operation a success until the last minute," he said.