Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is killed in Syria
A “high-value ISIS target” believed to be Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was killed by US-led forces in Idlib, Syria, a well-positioned military source told media on Saturday night.
The United States Army has conducted a special operations raid against one of its most valuable targets, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the Islamic State militant group (ISIS), according to Newsweek. President Donald Trump approved the mission almost a week before it was carried out.
Amid Saturday’s reports of US military helicopters over the province of Idlib in northwestern Syria, a senior Pentagon official familiar with the operation and an army officer informed about the matter told Newsweek that Baghdadi was the target of the top secret operation in the last bastion of the country’s Islamist. The opposition-dominated, a faction that has faced ISIS in recent years.
The U.S. Army UU. You cannot confirm the identity of the deceased target
On Saturday night, after the operation had concluded, President Trump tweeted: “Something very big has just happened!” The White House announced later that the president will make a “major statement” Sunday at 9:00 a.m.
Something very big has just happened!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 27, 2019
Shortly after, the White House issued a statement that very important news from the White House would be announced at 9 a.m. on Sunday.
Newsweek reported Saturday night that Baghdadi was killed during a special operations mission that President Trump approved about a week ago.
This is a developing story. Check back for updates.