October 27, 2019 / 3:24 PM / a month ago

U.S. raid on Baghdadi was staged from airbase in western Iraq: source

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. special operations raid into northwest Syria against Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was staged from an airbase in western Iraq, a U.S. official told Reuters on Sunday.

The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, stressed the important role of Iraq in the mission.

“Iraqi intelligence and security officials contributed to the successful outcome of the operation,” the official said.

Reporting by Phil Stewart; Editing by Lisa Shumaker

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