The US military have submerged the body of Islamic State leader: Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who blew himself up in a raid in Syria.
A Pentagon official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, confirmed the burial at sea, which calls to mind the burial of the Leader of Al-Qaeda: Osama bin Laden, in 2011.
The burial at sea had been chosen, to prevent a possible ‘tomb’ from becoming a place of pilgrimage.
The IS leader – who spread terror over an immense territory straddling Iraq and Syria – has been wanted for several years. The self-proclaimed “Kalif” reportedly blew up the belt of explosives he was wearing, when he was cornered in tunnel with three of his children. His body was then transported to a secure place, to confirm his identity through DNA analysis.
The capture of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was possible thanks to the “incredible services” of a dog member of the Commando.
The name of the animal remains secret for the moment – to protect its identity – but the US President has posted on Twitter, a photo of the animal, depicted as a “national hero”.
Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s death marks a devastating blow to the residual elements of the Islamic State group.