ABU Bakr al-Baghdadi has been buried at sea after he was killed in a raid by US special forces.

The terror chief was buried according to Islamic rites and it comes as Donald Trump says he wants to release video of Saturday’s operation.

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Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has been buried at sea after being killed by US forces
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Rubble above the site of the tunnel where Baghdadi is believed to have blown himself up, in northwestern Syria[/caption]

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Trump says he watched much of the mission unfold from the White House Situation Room on Saturday night

Baghdadi was most high profile targeted US military strike since the dramatic killing of Osama Bin Laden in Pakistan in 2011.

The al-Qaeda chief and architect of 9/11 was also given a burial at sea according to Islamic rites.

Donald Trump said Baghdadi died like a dog” when he blew himself up in a tunnel as he fled US special forces.

He said the ISIS chief – who became the world’s most wanted man – died “crying, whimpering and screaming and bringing three kids with him”.

The operation wad beamed live to the White House Situation Room and the President said it was “as though you were watching a movie””.

He said he may declassify and release part of the video taken during Saturday’s operation.

The video is believed to include aerial footage and possibly footage from cameras mounted on the soldiers who stormed Baghdadi’s compound.

“Were thinking about it. We may. We may take certain parts of it and release it,” he said.

But the video would need to be scrubbed to make sure no parts of it reveal tactical methods used by the special forces, a US official said.

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The moment the bloodthirsty jihadi met his end by blowing himself up

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Further details have emerged about the audacious operation, carried out after midnight in the village of Barisha in Syria, that also , al-Baghdadi’s second in command Abu al-Hassan al-Muhajir.

Eight American military helicopters flew over territory controlled by Russian and Syrian forces, flying over heavily militarised territory controlled by multiple nations and forces before landing at al-Baghdadi’s compound.

CNN reports that several other US aircraft and ships were also involved in the covert nighttime mission.

Both operations were carried out with the help intelligence provided by the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).

Stunned villagers had no idea that the ISIS monster was in their midst, hiding at a compound in northwestern Syria.

US aircraft, mostly twin-rotor CH-47 helicopters, had taken off from Al-Asad air base in western Iraq – with villagers noticing the helicopters swooping low on the horizon.

Mr Trump explained: “We flew very, very low and very, very fast. It was a very dangerous part of the mission.”

An unidentified resident told the Associated Press: “We went out in the balcony to see and they started shooting, with automatic rifles. So we went inside and hid.”

American forces were met with gunfire at points during the raid.

Next came a large explosion that Mr Trump said was the result of soldiers blasting a hole in the side of a building because they feared the entrance might have been booby-trapped.

Hearing the soldiers enter his compound, a startled Baghdadi fled into a network of underground bunkers and tunnels that snaked through the compound.

The stout, bearded militant leader wore a suicide vest and dragged along three children as he ran from the American troops.

He ignited his vest, killing himself and the three youngsters.

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The rubble of what was Baghdadi’s house is inspected after his death[/caption]

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Scorched earth and household items were all that remain as a result of the daring offensive
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