Their target, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the Islamic State's brutal founder and leader, was imprisoned in a compound in northwestern Syria with family members and terrorist aides and the United States has been watching him for days.  And it was a tip from a disgruntled Islamic State militant who triggered the operation on the move, according to an American official who, like others, spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss a sensitive operation.
What he called Trump followed. A "dangerous and daring night raid" that was carried out "in grand style". He graduated, he said, as Baghdadi escaped the arrival of U.S. forces in a dead-end tunnel and detonated a suicide vest, killing himself and three of his children.
"He did not die a hero. He died a coward, "the president said. "She cries, whines, screams, and brings the children with them to die. Certain death. "
Other US officials declined to describe Baghdadi's situation in his last moments.
An unhappy ISIS member became an informant on Kurdish forces working with Americans, an official said. He provided critical information about Baghdadi's whereabouts. [1
9659002] The informant appeared in the early summer and over time, US officials became more confident in his credibility and reliability, said an official, and it became clear in the last few weeks that together with other information, advice location Baghdadi is solid, said official representative.
"It was fitting many intelligent data gathered by officials who benefit," said the officer.
How the operation – named after Kayla Muller, an American employee who was abducted and raped repeatedly by Baghdad before being killed, according to US officials – has united to this day. something of a mystery. The troops include some members of the Delta Force, according to two US officials, but other details, such as how they communicated with more senior commanders in Washington and beyond, and what weapons were involved, remain unknown.
But in a motley and sometimes mocking language, Trump revealed Sunday morning an operation that marks one of the major victories in a five-year US-led campaign against the Islamic State.
The President, speaking in the White House, stated that he "must watch" much of the attack, which began around 5:00 pm in Washington. He credits the undisclosed technology for providing him with "absolutely perfect" renderings that "look like a movie."
Trump, who returned to the White House from golf around 4:00 PM, entered the situation room about an hour later. , he said. Seated at a navy suit and blue tie, he was surrounded by a photo posted by the White House by Vice President Pence, Secretary of Defense Mark T. Esper, White House National Security Advisor Robert K. Brian and Army Gen. . Mark A. Millie, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
Flying after midnight in the Middle East, the helicopters needed to cross the airspace controlled by Iraq, Turkey and Russia, and US officials informed them that they were planning an operation without providing details. With the Russians in Syria, the Pentagon called such communication "deconflict" and said it prevented incidents and wrongdoing by enemy forces.
When they arrive, they try to call Baghdad to see if he surrenders, Esper said. Several adults and 11 children went out, a US official with knowledge of the operation said.
Baghdadi stayed inside as US officials suggested he could. U.S. forces responded by blowing holes along the side of the compound in an attempt to avoid any doors that were boomed, Trump said. Baghdadi retreated into a tunnel and then blew his waistcoat.
Five enemy fighters were killed in the operation in the compound, and others were killed outside, according to a White House press release. Brian, speaking in an interview with NBC's Meet the Press, said US troops confirmed that Baghdadi was dead at 7:15 a.m. in Washington.
"The mission commander called out and said, '100% confidence, jackpot. , , , I got it. One Hundred Percent Jackpot of Trust, "Brian said.
Although Baghdad had blown his waistcoat, US troops were able to identify him, an official said. The ground commander told Marine Gen. Kenneth Frank McKenzie, Chief of Staff The US Central Command said they were "absolutely convinced" that it was the leader of the Islamic State, MacKenzie forwards this message to the White House, "DNA test results were complete on Sunday morning," an official said. "Categorical" that the military owl to dump Baghdadi's remains in accordance with Muslim traditions, which usually require burial within 24 hours, an official said, when naval seals killed al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden in Pakistan in 2011, his body was buried at sea following traditional Islamic rites, it was unclear on Sunday whether this had happened in this case.
The remains of at least two wives were left behind. Trump has said they have not blown their vests and are still wearing them, making it too risky for US troops to dispose of their bodies.
Trump said an American working dog – described by the president as "beautiful" and "talented" – was injured after chasing Baghdadi in the tunnel. Trump said no U.S. troops were injured, but Esper said separately that two members of the service suffered minor injuries.
"Already returned to service," Esper says, referring to "CNN Union State."  Fewer than 100 US military personnel were on the ground at the attack, with more involved in a supporting role. Several types of aircraft were used in the operation, including CH-47 helicopters, the secretary added. During the mission, they came under fire from "locals in the area," and the Americans returned fire in self-defense, he said.
Videos circulating Sunday on social media appear to show helicopters flying at low altitude in the dark, a heavy rifle and random explosions. Photographs taken after sunrise show a home where Baghdadi lived, reduced to rubble. Esper said he was intentionally destroyed.
Trump and other US officials credit Syrian Kurdish forces – whose alliance in the battle against the fighters the president has recently played while withdrawing forces from Syria – by providing useful information. Mazlum Abdi, commander of the Syrian Democratic Forces, led by the Kurdish parties, said on Twitter that they had been gathering information about Baghdad for five months, while Trump said the operation itself began two weeks after the US "captured" it  "We thought he was going to be in a certain place," the president said. "He was. Things started to get very good."
But it was not clear how long Baghdadi would stay in Barisha, a small village west of Aleppo.
Pence, speaking on CBS's "Face the Nation", said the US received information about the latest location of Baghdad earlier this week.
"Through a combination of intelligence, surveillance, intelligence, we believe we knew where he would be, and by Thursday afternoon we were informed that he was likely to be in the compound in Idlib," Pence said.
 The president directed the military to develop variants, and they were introduced on Friday, Pence said. "Accessible intelligence, obtained on Saturday, allowed the raid to go forward, he added." in the Situation Hall and see this unfold in real time as ours These special forces are on earth to see their professionalism for two hours, "he said." America and the world today are safer with the ISIS leader dead. "
Missy Ryan contributed to this report.