How did the Delta Force operators DNA test Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi to confirm it was him?

The only publicly available video of Delta Force CAG 1st SFOD-D
1st SFOD-D (CAG, Delta Force) is part of Joint Special Operations Command, which targets high-value individuals and terrorist groups. (Photo: U.S. Army)

Delta Force was the unit that carried out the raid on Al Baghdadi in Idlib province a few days ago. Delta Force (1st SFOD-D) was heavily involved in the global campaign against ISIS as the US’s premier anti-terror unit. But, a few days after a military raid in Syria which ended with the death of the notorious ISIS leader, there are some open questions in public.

According to the public statement, al-Baghdadi was killed when he was cornered by Delta Force operators. He activated his suicide vest killing himself and three of his children. But, how he was identified? How did the Delta Force operators confirm on the scene it was al-Baghdadi himself?

President Trump told us that DNA (Deoxyribonucleic acid) testing was done on-site. Assuming the only present on the scene were Delta Operators, those testing would be performed by them.

Forensic scientists can use DNA in blood, semen, skin, saliva or hair found at a crime scene to identify a matching DNA of an individual, such as a perpetrator. This process is formally termed DNA profiling, also called DNA fingerprinting.

Ok, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was identified by DNA testing done on-site. But, the first question is, where they did found a verified legitimate sample of al-Baghdadi’s DNA? And a more serious question, how is possible to have DNA results in 15 minutes?

Further, the operators who were handling DNA samples are supposed to collect samples of the man they believe to be al-Baghdadi, who blew himself up. These samples need to be uncontaminated, which would be hard since a wife and three children blew up with him. The samples also need to be uncontaminated by extreme heat… oops, …explosives. But maybe they can collect something.

The answer to those questions was given by Pentagon on Wednesday. A Defense Intelligence Agency DNA laboratory-processed DNA samples from the enemy killed in action suspected to be Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. The DNA analysis resulted in a direct match to a 2004 DNA sample collected at an Iraq detention center (Camp Bucca) from Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. Statistical analysis indicates a probability of 1 in 104 septillions to support this match.

Views and opinions expressed in this article are those of Nauman Sadiq and do not necessarily reflect those of Spec Ops Magazine. 

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