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Informant who revealed IS leader Baghdadi whereabouts set to become multi-millionaire

IS chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was killed in a US commando raid [Anadolu/Getty]

Date of publication: 30 October, 2019

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The well-placed Islamic State operative who gave up Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi's location is likely to receive some or all of the $25 million US reward.

An informant who provided crucial details on the movements of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi - the Islamic State leader who was killed in a US commando raid last week - is likely to scoop some or all of a $25 million reward, The Washington Post reported Wednesday.

The informant was a well-placed Islamic State operative who facilitated al-Baghdadi's movements around Syria, according to the Post, and helped oversee the construction of his Idlib hideout.

US special operations commandos struck the hideout overnight Saturday, swooping in on helicopters and chasing the IS founder into a tunnel where he detonated a suicide vest, according to the US account of the raid.

The informant was at the scene as the raid unfolded, and was exfiltrated two days later with his family, according to the report.

The man, who was not identified, was likely to receive some or all of the $25 million reward the US had put on al-Baghdadi's head, it said.

Besides al-Baghdadi's movements, the informant knew the room-by-room layout of al-Baghdadi's final Syrian hideout, according to the Post.

The newspaper said the source, described by one official as a Sunni Arab who turned against IS after a relative was killed by the group, was cultivated by Kurdish intelligence.

Read more: Misunderstanding Baghdadi will herald another 40 years of terror

The Kurds eventually turned control over him to the Americans, who spent weeks establishing his credibility before seizing an opportunity that came up in the past month to launch the raid, according to the Post.

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