October 27, 2019 / 2:38 PM / 17 days ago

Syria's SDF says its intelligence helped locate Baghdadi

BEIRUT (Reuters) - The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) said on Sunday the operation that killed Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi took place after its intelligence pinpointed his location.

Senior SDF official Redur Xelil said at a news conference that the forces would now intensify intelligence operations and efforts to chase down Islamic State sleeper cells.

It blamed a Turkish assault on northeast Syria for delaying the Baghdadi operation by more than a month.

Rerpoting by Eric Knecht, Ellen Francis and Lisa Barrington; Editing by Alison Williams

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