2019-10-30 by Daisy I.
Informant who led to IS leader’s hideout, may earn US mil
WASHINGTON: Theinformantwhoprovided crucial details on the movements of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the Islamic Stateleaderkilled in a US commando raid, islikelyto scoop up some or all of a US$25 millionreward, the Washington Post reported Wednesday.
The Post said theinformantwas a well-placed Islamic State operativewhofacilitated al-Baghdadi’s movements around Syria and helped oversee the construction of his Syrian hideout.
US special operations commandos struck the hideout overnight Saturday, swooping in on helicopters and chasing the IS founder into a tunnel where he detonated a suicide vest, according to the US account of the raid.
The Post said theinformantwas at the scene as the raid unfolded, and was exfiltrated two days later with his family.
The man,whowas not identified, waslikelyto receive some or all of the US$25 millionrewardthe US had put on al-Baghdadi’s head, it said.
Besides al-Baghdadi’s movements, theinformantknew the room-by-room layout of al-Baghdadi’s final Syrian hideout, according to the Post.
The newspaper said the source, described by one official as a Sunni Arabwhoturned against IS after a relative was killed by the group, was cultivated by Kurdish intelligence.
The Kurds eventually turned control over him to the Americans,whospent weeks establishing his credibility before seizing an opportunity that came up in the past month to launch the raid, according to the Post.