October 27, 2019 / 2:36 PM / 25 days ago

Iraq says it provided U.S. with Baghdadi's location - statement

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraq said on Sunday that its National Intelligence Service found Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s location and provided it to the United States, which carried out a raid that killed him.

“After constant monitoring and the formation of a specialised task force over an entire year, the Iraqi National Intelligence Service acting on accurate information was able to locate the den in which the head of Daesh terrorists Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and those with him were hiding in the Syrian province of Idlib,” the Iraqi military said in a statement.

An intelligence official had told Reuters earlier on Sunday that Iraq provided Baghdadi’s location to the United States.

Reporting by Ahmed Aboulenein; Editing by Alison Williams

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