Another Pentagon official confirmed that Baghdadi's body was dumped into the sea at an unnamed location, similar to the 2011 sea burial of Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden after he was killed in a USA special forces raid in Pakistan.
Baghdadi's death is certainly not without significance for Southeast Asia's struggle against IS, its affiliates, and other supporters. "The Turkish invasion caused a delay in the operation", Can said.
They were both detained at a US-run prison known as Camp Bucca soon after the coalition's invasion of Iraq in 2003, though it's unclear if that's where they first met. A shaky cease-fire is in place and an agreement to redeploy Kurdish forces away from the borders.
Officials are hopeful the treasure trove of data collected from the compound will aid American forces and the Syrian Democratic Forces they are partnering with.
The US officials, who spoke to Reuters on condition of anonymity, did not disclose where the ritual was performed or how long it lasted.
"The most wanted man in the world - al-Baghdadi - is dead".
During a press conference at the White House on Sunday, Trump gave some insight into the dog's role as he explained that Baghdadi 'reached the end of the tunnel, as our dogs chased him down, ' adding: "He ignited his vest, killing himself and the three children".
Although this is not the first time that Baghdadi has been declared dead, it is the first time senior U.S. and European officials have come out and said it on record.
A senior State Department official said on Monday that al-Muhajir was killed in a separate operation.
The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights also reported al-Muhajir's death, saying he was travelling in a convoy made up of an oil tanker and a sedan. Visual evidence and DNA testing confirmed his identity.
- The country's top military officer said on Monday that he does not know where President Donald Trump got his information that Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the Islamic State leader, died "screaming, crying and whimpering".
It was a milestone in the fight against IS, which brutalized thousands of people in Syria and Iraq and sought to direct a global campaign from a self-declared "caliphate".
The northwestern province is largely controlled by Hayat Tahrir al-Sham - linked to Al-Qaeda, which has a rivalry with Islamic State. "The United States has been searching for Baghdadi for many years".
USA officials, though, were unable to explain how that would work.
"That will continue until we believe we have sufficient capability", Esper said, adding the USA would also be ready to defend its forces in the area against the Syrian regime or Russian forces also operating in the region.