New Delhi (NVI): The mole who helped the US track and kill Islamic State chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, has been shifted from Syria to a safe unknown place along with his family, The Washington Post reported.
According to reports the ‘mole’ who was highly placed in Islamic State hierarchy is tipped to get $25 million US bounty placed on the head of Baghdadi.
According to The Washington Post, the US commandos zeroed in on Baghdadi’s final hideout with the help of an extraordinarily well-placed informant also an IS operative who facilitated the terrorist leader’s movements around Syria and even helped oversee construction work on his Syrian safe house, according to U.S.
It said the mole’s detailed knowledge of Baghdadi’s whereabouts as well as the room-by-room layout of his sanctuary helped US hunt down the world’s deadliest terrorist.
The daily also said that the informant was present during the assault and he was exfiltrated from the region two days later with his family.
The Islamic State defector had been cultivated as an asset by the Syrian Democratic Forces, the predominantly Kurdish militia that became the ground troops for the U.S.-led campaign to destroy the terrorist group’s self-proclaimed caliphate in eastern Syria, the daily said.
The informant, who was described as a committed and even enthusiastic participant in the mission, provided essential personal details about the reclusive terrorist leader, including the fact that he always traveled with a suicide belt so he could kill himself if cornered. The informant was so trusted that at times he escorted members of Baghdadi’s family to get medical care, The Washington Post reported.
Baghdadi was killed in a raid by US special forces in Syria on October 27. He was under constant United States surveillance for the last couple of weeks.