The US Army Chief of Staff, General Mark Milley, gave some details about the operation in which the leader of the terrorist organization died.
Donald Trump announced on Sunday (October 27th) the death of the head of the Islamic State (IS) group, Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi, during a US military operation near the village of Baricha in northwestern Syria. During his televised address, he gave a detailed account of the raid he assured to have seen in real time.
On Monday, the President of the United States added that he planned to publish excerpts of the video of the American raid during which the leader of the terrorist organization died. "We think about it, it's possible"said Trump from Andrews Air Force Base near Washington. "We can take excerpts and publish them. " He contented himself with publish on Twitter a picture of the dog that was slightly injured and rendered "Incredible services" but whose identity must be "Protected".
Asked about Baghdadi's last-minute video, US Army Chief of Staff General Mark Milley gave some details about the operation and explained that the images were being reviewed. . "We have video, photos. We are currently not ready to make them public, they are going through the process of declassification ", he said.
In 2011, the Obama administration refused to publish images of Osama bin Laden's assault or body. "I'll be frank, the publication of the photos of Osama Bin Laden after this shooting is sensitive, and we evaluate the need to do so", said White House spokesman Jay Carney. The question was whether such a publication "Serves or serves our interests, not only here but around the world".
Immersed, like bin Laden
General Mark Milley provided further details: "While securing the objective, US forces discovered that Baghdadi was hiding in a tunnel, the assault group moved closer to Baghdadi and quit when he unleashed his explosive belt."reported the general. The remains of the head of the IS "Were then transported to a secure place to confirm their identity through DNA analysis", he added, saying that the " treatment " of these remains had been realized "Appropriately".
A Pentagon official said he had been immersed at sea, without giving any further details on this burial, which is reminiscent of Osama bin Laden's in 2011, after the death of Al-Qaida leader.
Two prisoners taken away
General Mark Milley assured that the assault was conducted "Solely" by American soldiers. They recovered from "Material" which is being exploited, he explained. He added that the US military had taken two prisoners: "Two men were captured" during the assault and "We hold them in a secure place", did he declare.