The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights

Sources: the 8 helicopters that targeted “al-Baghdadi” took-off from “Sarin” airport, flew over the Syrian-Turkish border through Jarabulus and al-Rai to the operation area, and information about the participation of the counter-terrorism forces of SDF in the operation, and remains of the group’s leader transferred to Ain al-Assad in Iraq

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights learned that the 8 helicopters that took-off from “Sarin” airport in Ayn al-Arab (Kobani) city; are the helicopters that carried out the attack on leader of the “Islamic State” Organization Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi early this morning.

Sources of the Syrian Observatory said that “the 8 helicopters took-off from “Sarin” airport in a straight line between the Turkish – Syrian border, over Jarabulus city, al-Rai, Azaz, Afrin, until Idlib countryside in Barisha village”. The sources added: “there is information that the anti-terrorism forces of the Syria Democratic Forces intelligence participated in the operation, also 3 of the 8 helicopters were carrying members of the anti-terrorism forces of the SDF, they also mainly participated in the raids and in carrying out the operation of targeting al-Baghdadi, amid a secrecy about their participation due to the Turkish sensitivities towards the participation of SDF forces in the operation.

And according to information obtained by the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, the remains of al-Baghdadi’s body after he blew himself up were transferred to the Iraqi base, “Ayn al-Assad”.

And at the same time, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights learned that Jabhat al-Nusra had imposed a cordon on the area, and prevented the entry to the area of targeting al-Baghdadi, and they arrested a shepherd who was present in the area at the time of the operation.