The chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff has said that the remains of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr-al Baghdadi was ‘disposed of appropriately’ in accordance with the US standard operating procedure and the law of armed conflict.
Addressing reporters in the Pentagon, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Mark Milley said, “Baghdadi’s remains were transported to a secure facility to confirm his identity with forensic DNA testing and the disposal of his remains has been done. It is complete and was handled appropriately.”
“His remains were disposed of appropriately in accordance with our SOP (standard operating procedure) and the law of armed conflict,” the top general said.
Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden was buried at sea after being killed in a US raid in Pakistan’s Abbottabad in 2011.
Responding to questions, General Milley said the US forces also took with them materials about ISIS and future planning from the compound where Baghdadi was killed.