NBC reports that ISIS leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi was betrayed by a member of his inner circle who helped lead American troops to his compound in Northern Syria.
The commander of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces, General Mazloum Abdi, gave NBC News a detailed account of how he ran a spy inside ISIS for months, who followed Baghdadi as he moved from one safehouse to another until he was finally trapped in a tunnel beneath one of them.
Abdi did not identify the source, but Kurdish intelligence officials described him as an Arab who had many relatives in ISIS.
Abdi said the informant’s main motivation was revenge.
Part of the informant’s job, Abdi said, was “securing the places” where Baghdadi would later hide.
This ISIS spy memorized the locations and layouts of Baghdadi’s safehouses and even stole samples of the world’s most wanted terrorist’s blood and clothing for DNA analysis, the general said.