As we go along in the days ahead, we find more information about the raid, which took down the infamous ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. With every undercover operation lies a snitch. Baghdadi was betrayed by his own kind in his closest circle of demons. This spy was working with the American troops to lead them to Baghdadi’s hiding place in Northern Syria. General Mazloum Abdi, who is the commander of the Kurdish forces, told NBC News how he placed a spy inside the ISIS terrorist group for months. This spy followed the ISIS leader until he was cornered inside a dead-end tunnel, which ultimately led to his death. The name of the spy was not released due to obvious reasons. Still, Abdi stated he had many relatives within the terror group, and his motivation was revenge.
The General said, “I think he was under a lot of pressure from his family. His relatives were subjected to harsh treatment by ISIS, and he no longer believed in the future of ISIS. He wanted to take revenge on ISIS and Baghdadi himself.” The General continued, “He was, you could say, a security official. A personal security official for Baghdadi himself, in charge of Baghdadi’s movements.” The spy had a primary job, which was “securing the places where Baghdadi would later hide.” Areas and layouts of the safehouses were memorized, and the spy gathered samples of clothes, and blood for DNA, which would identify the dead ISIS leader’s body.
The General explained it was not an easy task as he went into detail of the procedures and precautions taken. He said, “Baghdadi took his security precautions to the highest level. He never used high-tech communications at all. Any place he was in a communications blackout, with the exception of those who were directly responsible for his security and that was a small group of people.” The General also explained, “His direct family, the children, his relatives, his siblings, they are formed a tight ring around him. The ISIS leader only allowed a small group of outsiders to meet him. One of them was the spy.”
As the General declined to give the details on how they got in touch with the informant, he stated it was five months of a deep, trustworthy relationship, which brought great value to the troops who took down the evil leader. He also said how surprising it was of where Baghdadi was hiding. Abdi stated, “We confirmed that (Baghdadi) had been moved to Idlib in April of this year. The idea that Baghdadi was in Idlib was completely unexpected. It was a surprise to everyone.”
It was truly remarkable how the spy was able to bring the troops to the locations. The informant was never allowed to view where he was headed, and he had to rely on his memory and senses to backtrack to the sites. When the spy was picked up, it was in a taxi or another car, and he had to be blindfolded and not look out the windows. He was trusted among the group to ride along but not to see where they were taking him. Abdi said, “When they approached the area, they would ask him to lower his seat so he can’t look around. They asked him to lay down, to lower the seat in the taxi.”
Even blindfolded, the informant learned how to tell the distinctions of being in the city, a small town, an open field, or rugged terrain. Once inside the hideout areas, he was able to look around and memorize certain things like towers, or water tanks on roofs which distinguished the locations. Most hideouts, the informant stated, were close to one another.
Other things noted, the General said was, “He provided information about the house itself, the shape of the house and things to do with the house, the specifications of the house. We learned that there was a tunnel in the house. We learned how many people in the house, how many guards were in the house. We learned the closest Al-Nusra checkpoints near the house. We learned all the security details of the house.”
Once everything was confirmed by the gathering of the DNA, the U.S. Military moved forward. The General stated the informant was at the location when U.S. Special Forces moved in, and he was returned safely. There was also a bounty of $25 million on Baghdadi’s head, which the spy will receive part or all of the reward.