According to John Kirby, Pentagon press secretary, the pre-dawn raid that killed Ibrahim al-Hashimi al–Qurayshi on Thursday was intended to capture ISIS leader alive.
In an interview with Morning Edition hosts Rachel Martin and Steve Inskeep, Kirby stated that the U.S. operation against al-Qurayshi in northern Syria took two hours. This is more than double the time it took for U.S. forces to attack Osama Bin Laden’s compound. He said that there was an innocent family living on the first floor in al-Qurayshi’s building.
He said, “We wanted them to be safe.”
Kirby stated that the U.S. had hoped to capture Abdullah alive, and that it would take some effort to do so.
Based on forensic evidence, the U.S. believes that al-Qurayshi has died.
Kirby stated that they were able to take fingerprints from the body of the man and then compare them right away, before they left the site. He also said that DNA analysis was performed to confirm it.
He stated that U.S. officials are yet to decide whether to release video evidence from the attack. We are working on that. He said that if that’s something we believe can be done and should do, we’ll explore it.”
Kirby also discussed the claims that Russia would launch a false flag attack
Kirby stated that U.S. intelligence believes Russia plans to “manufacture atrocity” to justify its invasion of Ukraine. He stated that intelligence officials believe Russia would “manufacture an atrocity,” an event, a killing or a mass killing. They would use a video camera to show bodies on the ground. Perhaps they would take corpses from other places, mortuaries, or something similar.
Kirby stated that the Russians will use actors to mourn and may stage imagery of military equipment, “that would make them look like they were actually Ukrainian rather than Russian.”
Russia is believed to have over 100,000 troops on its border with Ukraine.
Kirby asked Kirby what evidence the U.S. has to prove Russia staged a false flag operation in order to justify its entry into Ukraine. Kirby replied, “If there were a way to accomplish this, and that wouldn’t reveal how it works, I think, you can guess, we’d be willing to consider that.” We don’t want the Russians to necessarily know what we know. These comments echo the words of Ned Price, spokesperson for the State Department, when asked Thursday for evidence that Russia was attempting a false-flag attack.