October 28, 2019 / 5:35 PM / 22 days ago

U.S. disposes of Baghdadi remains, will not release video: military

FILE PHOTO: A bearded man with Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi's appearance speaks in this screen grab taken from video released on April 29, 2019. Islamic State Group/Al Furqan Media Network/Reuters TV via REUTERS/File Photo

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. authorities have disposed of the remains of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and have no plans to release photos or videos of his death at this time, the chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, Army General Mike Milley, said on Monday.

Al-Baghdadi detonated a suicide vest to kill himself as U.S. forces closed in on him, President Donald Trump said on Sunday. “The disposal of his remains has been done and is complete and was handled appropriately,” Milley told reporters at a Pentagon briefing.

Reporting by Phil Stewart and Susan Heavey; Writing by Doina Chiacu; Editing by Jonathan Oatis

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