Two Men Detained in Baghdadi Assassination Mission Are in U.S. Custody

Authorities have given the remains of the Islamic State leader a burial according to Islamic law, but have no plans on releasing photos or videos, an official says

Iraqi youth watch the news of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi death, in Najaf, Iraq October 27, 2019.
\ Alaa Al-Marjani/ REUTERS

Two adult men detained during the American mission to assassinate Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi are in U.S. custody, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Army General Mike Milley, said on Monday. 

U.S. authorities have also disposed of the remains of al-Baghdadi and have no plans to release photos or videos of his death at this time, General Milley added.

Al-Baghdadi detonated a suicide vest to kill himself as U.S. forces closed in on him, according to the U.S. account. "The disposal of his remains has been done and is complete and was handled appropriately," Milley told reporters at a Pentagon briefing.

Al-Baghdadi was given a burial at sea and afforded religious rites according to Islamic custom. U.S. officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity, did not disclose where the ritual was performed or how long it lasted. Two officials said they believed his remains were delivered to the sea from an aircraft.

U.S. Army General Mark Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told a Pentagon news briefing on Monday that the U.S. military disposed of Baghdadi's remains "appropriately, in accordance with our (standard operating procedures) and in accordance with the law of armed conflict."