US officials uncovered actionable intelligence about al-Baghdadi's location, but future action is less likely with a weakened American presence in the area.
The ISIS chief Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi's underwear was stolen by an undercover agent of Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and DNA was tested to confirm the identity of Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi before the raid of US Delta Forces in Syria. "Most likely would have taken the top spot - Now he is also Dead!".
The US State Department said in a statement following the raid: "The United States is determined to prevent a resurgence of ISIS in Syria and Iraq and continues to work with the Global Coalition to destroy ISIS remnants and thwart its global ambitions".
While the canine was a hero, al-Baghdadi "died like a dog", said the US president. The president, however, did not specify who the individual was, nor did he give any details on the mission that led to his death.
Trump tweeted a picture of the dog on Monday, saying it did a "GREAT JOB".
Relatives of Kurdish fighters have celebrated al-Baghdadi's death. Pentagon officials said on Monday that the dog is "fully recovering".
Meanwhile, Michael Tynan said he hoped that when the US Special Forces dog's name is declassified, "it has an awesome name like the name our kids came up with for our dog: Greta von Waffles".
Trump on Sunday announced the killing of Baghdadi by USA special operations forces in northwestern Syria.
Al-Baghdadi, the most notorious ISIS leader, had been in hiding for the last five years.
The complex USA mission was ably assisted by the Russians, Kurds, Turks and even Bashar al Assad's Syrian troops. The agent had told them about the tunnels under the compound, how many people were with al-Baghdadi and about his planned move. The dog, whose name the president said remains classified (but is rumored to be Conan), was injured when al-Baghdadi chose to kill himself and three children with an explosive vest, rather than risk being taken into custody.