US forces used DNA from Baghdadi's stolen underpants to identify the Isis leader

Andy Gregory
Tuesday 29 October 2019 10:30
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Trump’s rambling announcement the death of Isis leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is no longer the most bizarre part of the operation.

Despite America’s attempts to take credit for putting together the momentous raid, a senior adviser to the Kurdish-led SDF has revealed how Kurdish forces played a key role in finding Baghdadi.

After the US president’s treacherous display in Syria, it’s a safe bet that the Kurdish version of events is closer to the truth than that of the Trump administration.

But there was one aspect of Polat Can’s enlightening account of the operation that seemed stranger than fiction.

According to Mr Can, the raid that saw the world heave a sigh of relief was made possible by a pair of stolen underwear.

Naturally people couldn't help but joke about the revelation.

Despite the initial amusement, another Kurd risking their life in the battle against Isis was a galling reminder of Trump's recent betrayal.

Turkey's invasion has displaced at least 200,000 people, seen dozens of US "allies" killed in combat or murdered in the street, and has fuelled a possible Isis resurgence.

And, according to Mr Can, it also hindered the operation that led to Baghdadi's death.

HT Guardian

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