Islamic State (ISIS) Leader Baghdadi Killed In US Raid

Islamic State (ISIS) Leader Baghdadi Killed In US Raid

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the Islamic State was believed to have been killed in a raid on Saturday by US Special Operation Forces in Syria.

Baghdadi had died several times before only to resurface, alive.

He was last seen alive in a video in April.

Unidentified US officials were quoted by ABC News as saying his death was certain this time around. President Donald Trump tweeted: “Something very big has just happened!”.

One official told ABC News al-Baghdadi is believed to have detonated a suicide vest he was wearing as a U.S. special mission unit carried out a ground raid in Idlib. The building containing al-Baghdadi was levelled by U.S. operators, the official said.

U.S. officials said they are awaiting final confirmation of his death through fingerprinting or other biometric methods.

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The White House declined to comment, saying the president was planning to deliver remarks at 9 a.m. EDT Sunday. No details were provided on what would be included in President Donald Trump’s remarks.

Reuters reported that Syrian officials had informed Iran about al-Baghdadi’s death, quoting two Iranian officials.

“Iran was informed about Baghdadi’s death by Syrian officials who got it from the field,” one of the officials said. The second Iranian official confirmed it.

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