US special operations forces captured 'two adult males' in al-Baghdadi raid: Pentagon


Tue, 29 Oct 2019 - 10:29 GMT

FILE - White House DC

FILE - White House DC

WASHINGTON, Oct 28 (MENA) - America's top military officer said that US special operations forces captured "two adult males" during the weekend raid where the founder and leader of the Daesh died, abc news reported on Tuesday.

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley revealed in a Pentagon press conference that two men were "taken off the objective alive," saying, "They're in (U.S.) custody."

In an address to the nation from the White House on Sunday, President Donald Trump announced that Daesh leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi had been killed during a US military raid carried out by joint special operations forces.

Nearly 100 U.S. troops were transported by eight Chinook helicopters to al-Baghdadi's compound in northwestern Syria near the town of Idlib that Milley described as an "area [Baghdadi] was staying on a consistent basis."

Milley declined to reveal the name of the US military dog who was slightly wounded in the operation after chasing al-Baghdadi through a dead-end tunnel, where the Daesh leader ultimately detonated his suicide vest, killing himself and three children.

"We're protecting the dog's identity," Milley said, adding that the dog is back on duty and still in the region.



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