On October 26, 2019, Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi, the leader of the Islamic State organization, was eliminated by an American commando in northwestern Syria. This is a great victory for The Hawks, the name given to this elite unit of Iraqi intelligence, which has been tracking Al-Baghadi and his lieutenants for nine years.
The secrets of a merciless war
For “Special Envoy”, Sofia Amara and Christophe Barreyre obtained exceptional access to these elite soldiers. For weeks, they were able to follow their fights against IS and Al-Baghdadi: interrogations of jihadist prisoners, raids commandos in the city center, but also infiltrations in the very heart of the terrorist group. A dive into the secrets of a merciless war.
A report by Sofia Amara and Christophe Barreyre with Nova Production, broadcast in “Envoyé spécial” on November 14, 2019.