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Kurds: We stole Baghdadi’s underwear to prove his ID

Rubble: Aftermath of the US raid in northern Syria, which Kurdish-led SDF forces claim they made possible PICTURE: GETTY

KURDISH spies stole underwear belonging to Daesh terror chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi to make sure of his identity ahead of the raid that ended in his death, soldiers claim.

The clothes were DNA-tested to prove his whereabouts before Saturday’s US mission in northern Syria, which led to al-Baghdadi (below) blowing himself up along with three of his children. The claim was made yesterday by the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces, as US president Donald Trump said one of al-Baghdadi’s successors had also been killed.

Senior SDF commander Polat Can tweeted: ‘Our own source, who had been able to reach al-Baghdadi, brought his underwear to conduct a DNA test and make sure (100 per cent) that the person in question was al-Baghdadi.’

He added: ‘All intelligence and access to al-Baghdadi as well as identification of his place were our own work.’

Mr Trump, who has downplayed Kurdish involvement as merely ‘helpful’, yesterday tweeted al-Baghdadi’s ‘number one replacement has been terminated’. No name was given but Daesh spokesman Abu al-Hassan al-Muhajir was confirmed dead this week.

Daesh have also said that Abdullah Qardash, a former officer in Saddam Hussein’s army, is their new leader.