In brief: Al-Baghdadi’s identity came down to DNA in his underwear, says Kurdish consultant

“Since 15 May, we have been working together with the CIA to track Al-Baghdadi and monitor him closely,” the senior consultant to the Kurdish-led militia tweeted.

By World Israel News Staff

Al-Baghdadi’s body was positively identified thanks to dirty underwear.

The informant who provided details of the whereabouts of ISIS chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, allowing U.S. forces to track him down over the weekend, had “brought Al Baghdadi’s underwear to conduct a DNA test and make sure (100%) that the person in question was Al-Baghdadi himself,” Polat Can, a senior consultant to the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) militia, tweeted on Monday, as cited by Al-Jazeera.

“One of our sources was able to reach the house where Al Baghdadi was hiding,” Can wrote on social media. “Al Baghdadi changed his places of residence very often. He was about to move to a new place in [the Syrian town of] Jerablus,” the SDF consultant added.

“There was a plan B to target Al-Baghdadi in his new home if he had moved before the planned strike,” tweeted Can.

President Donald Trump had said that the Kurds provided some information that was “helpful” to the operation, notes Al-Jazeera.

“Since 15 May, we have been working together with the CIA to track Al-Baghdadi and monitor him closely,” the senior consultant to the Kurdish-led militia tweeted.

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“More than a month ago, the decision was made to eliminate Al-Baghdadi,” he wrote in his lengthy Twitter thread.

“However, the U.S. withdrawal and the Turkish invasion [in Syria] prompted us to stop our special operations, including the pursuit of Al-Baghdadi. The Turkish invasion caused a delay in the operation,” Can tweeted.

“All intelligence and access to Al-Baghdadi as well as the identification of his place were the result of our own work,” he insisted. “Our intelligence source was involved in sending coordinates, directing the airdrop, participating in and making the operation a success until the last minute.”

According to the U.S. account of events, Al-Baghdadi died by detonating a suicide vest after escaping into a dead-end tunnel as elite American special forces closed in.