• Baghdadi’s Remains Disposed of ‘Appropriately’ by U.S. Officials

    For those who might have been wondering …

    Bob Cronin/Newser reports …

    Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s remains have been disposed of, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said Monday. “Baghdadi’s remains were transported to a secure facility to confirm his identity with forensic DNA testing,” Gen. Mark Milley said, “and the disposal of his remains has been done and is complete and was handled appropriately.”

    The BBC reports, apparently there are no plans to release video of his death. Milley said photos and video are in the “declassification process.” According to President Trump, some footage of the raid might be released.

    Two men were taken into custody during the raid on Baghdadi’s hideout in northwest Syria, Milley said, per ABC. US forces have also killed an ISIS spokesperson, Abu al-Hassan al-Muhajir, in Aleppo province, per CNN. A State Department official said he was “kind of a No. 2” to Baghdadi. For now, Milley said US troops would keep guarding oilfields from ISIS attacks. But, he added “at the end of the day, we will be sending troops home” from Syria.

    Attentive observers might note the relative restraint being exercised regarding the details of this operation and the disposition of this terrorist killer’s body. Howcum? Well, seems like, for all its shortcomings, the U.S. remains in many ways a relatively decent, civilized nation. Might have something to do with the founding values – even Judeo-Christian virtues – which continue to undergird a good part of our society and culture.

    We’re abandoning a good part of them at the moment, no doubt, but while they remain, evidence of essential decency continues to hold in a lot of what America does …

    H/T: Bob Cronin/Newser

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