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And we’ve been close to Baghdadi and why did we lose him?
General Tony Thomas:
We have been close on several – in fact sometimes we’ve been closer than we know. It’s just the vagaries of combat I think, and counterterrorism targeting. There were points in time when we were particularly close to him. Unfortunately, there were some – some leaks about what we were up to at that time, you know, when we went after Abu Sayyaf, the oil minister who was very close to him, one of his personal confidants, he didn’t live, but his wife did and she gave us a treasure trove of information about where she had just been with Baghdadi in Raqqa, you know, days, if not – you know, within days prior and so that was a very good lead.
Unfortunately, it was leaked in a prominent national newspaper about a week later and that lead went dead. So I mean that’s the challenge we have in terms of where and how our tactics and procedures where discussed openly, it was a great need to inform the American public about what we’re up to. There’s also a great need to recognize things that will absolutely undercut our ability to do our job.
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