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Pentagon releases Baghdadi raid video

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WASHINGTON: Pentagon has released declassified, black-n-white aerial videos (from Saturday’s commando attack to eliminate Al-Baghdadi founder of IS) showing US special operations forces closing in on the compound and US aircraft firing on militants nearby. At one point one can see black smoke rising from the ground after US military bombs leveled Baghdadi’s compound.

Marine General Kenneth McKenzie, the commander of US Central Command, which oversees American forces in the Middle East held: “It looks pretty much like a parking lot, with large potholes”. He said the idea of destroying the compound was at least in part “to ensure that it would not be a shrine or otherwise memorable in any way. It’s just another piece of ground.”

McKenzie informed that Al-Baghdadi brought two young children into the tunnel with him. Both children, believed to be under the age of 12 were killed, he said.

A relevant piece published earlier: 

Baghdadi’s death: Informer gets 25 million dollars

The informant who provided details on the movements of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, (founder of  the militant group Islamic State – IS – killed in a US commando raid,) was a well-placed IS operative who will receive 25 million dollars.

Russia not sure about Al-Baghdadi’s death

MOSCOW: Russian Defense Ministry Spokesman Igor Konashenkov while commenting on US President Donald Trump’s claim apropos IS founder Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has raised doubts over his umpteenth death . 

He said that the Defense Ministry did not have reliable information about the actions of the US army in the Idlib de-escalation zone concerning the umpteenth death of Baghdadi.

Spokesman pointed out that Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi had been reported killed several times since 2014.

IS founder Baghdadi killed himself alongwith his 3 children: Trump

WASHINGTON: Talking from White House here today President Donald Trump has confirmed that during a raid carried-out by US commando in Syria IS founder Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has blown himself up along with his three children and a number of colleagues. Trump and AlbaghdadiCalling the death of Al Baghdadi a significant victory even as American forces are pulling out of the area. President Trump informed that body had been identified by means of DNA Test: “Last night, the United States brought the world’s number one terrorist to justice…Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is dead.”

According to Trump Al-Baghdadi died when he was caught at the end of a tunnel, whimpering and crying and screaming all the way, as he was chased by American military dogs. Accompanied by three children, he then detonated a suicide vest, blowing himself and the children.

The clandestine plan was approved by the President of United States. Commander-in-chief of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces informed that operation came after joint intelligence work with American forces: “A historic operation is successful as a consequence of joint intelligence work with the United States of America.”IDLIBAl Baghdadial baghdadi deathIDLIB: Sources have informed that the arrest of his wife and a courier had led the US forces to this place where he was holed up. Moreover, according to an Iraqi official he had been killed alongside his personal bodyguard here after his hiding place was discovered when he tried to get his family out towards the Turkish border.

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It is pertinent to mention here that he was born near Samarra, north of Baghdad, in 1971 and his real name was Ibrahim Awwad Ibrahim al-Badri. He used to work as a cleric for one of the mosques in the city when US invaded Iraq in 2003. It is believed that he became a jihadist during incarceration at Camp Bucca, a US facility in southern Iraq harboring many al-Qaeda commanders.

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was initially noted as a threat by the West back in 2014 when he proclaimed formation of a khilafat  in certain terrain of Iraq and Syria.State Department claim that Baghdadi had been responsible for the deaths of thousands of civilians in the Middle East including murder of hostages from Japan, UK and USA. US had posted a reward of twenty-five million reward for information on his whereabouts.

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M M Alam

M. M. Alam is a Pakistan-based working journalist since 1981. Karachi University faculty gold medalist Alam began his career four decades ago by writing for Dawn, Pakistan’s highest circulating English daily. He has worked for region’s leading publications, global aviation periodicals including Rotors (of USA) and vetted New York Times as permanent employee of daily Express Tribune. Alam regularly covers international aviation and defense-related events including Salon Du Bourget (France), Farnborough (United Kingdom), Dubai (UAE). Alam has reported thousands of events and interviewed hundreds of people in Pakistan, UAE, EU, UK and USA. Being Francophone Alam also coordinates with a number of French publications.