The United States special operations forces have conducted a raid that resulted in the death of the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL or ISIS) leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. The information came from senior US officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, Newsweek reported.
President Donald Trump has published a tweet earlier today: “Something very big has just happened!” That is almost for sure connected with the raid on Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. The final confirmation is pending while DNA and biometric testing is conducted, according to the same source.
The raid was carried out by Special Operations Forces Tier 1 operators (probably Delta Force or DEVGRU) in Syria’s Idlib province after the CIA assisted in locating the notorious ISIS leader. The operation details are not disclosed, but according to the same source, the defense official said it appears that al-Baghdadi detonated a suicide vest during the raid killing himself.
President Donald Trump is scheduled to make a major announcement Sunday at 9 a.m. and it is expected that he will talk about al-Baghdadi raid. The White House deputy press secretary Hogan Gidley said that the announcement is foreign policy-related.
Something very big has just happened!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 27, 2019
Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi became the leader of the terror group called Islamic State of Iraq (ISI) in 2010 where he became a successor of another notorious terrorist al-Zarqawi. al-Baghdadi has been in hiding for the last five years. In April this year, a video was published by the ISIS media wing al-Furqan that showed a man purporting to be al-Baghdadi. It was the first time al-Baghdadi has been seen since July 2014, when he spoke at the Great Mosque in Mosul.
So far, it was believed that he was killed or seriously wounded on a few occasions. He was allegedly seriously wounded in May 2017 after US warplanes targeted his hideout, several US officials revealed in February 2018. He was reportedly relieved control of the terror group for up to five months because of his injuries.