Pentagon mulls drone strike against ISIL rebel leader al-Baghdadi

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Newscast Media WASHINGTON—The Pentagon has a plan that would recommend US
President Barack Obama authorize drone attacks against the leader of the so-called
Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

Several defense officials spoke to the news media and said the circumstances that
would allow President Obama to order a drone strike are being deliberated. “He is a
person of great interest to us,” a defense official pentagon told CNN Wednesday of
the terrorist organization’s leader.

For a kill mission to happen, the U.S. must prove that the target poses a threat to
the U.S. and its interests, such as the U.S. Embassy staff in Baghdad. Such a strike
must be approved by Obama.

The US has already placed a $10 million bounty on Baghdadi’s head. According to
CNN, Baghdadi is essentially on a US “kill list” and is one of Washington’s “high value
targets” on whom US forces are collecting intelligence.

Meanwhile, some US officials – including Obama’s former ambassador to Iraq, Ryan
Crocker, and Republican Sen. John McCain – have repeatedly raised concerns about
the threat posed by ISIL militants to America.

Officials told the network that capturing al-Baghdadi alive would be a difficult task
since the U.S. military allegedly does not have combat troops on the ground in either
Iraq or Syria.

Source: Al Manar News

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