ISIS leader ‘dead’

Dramatic blast footage claims to show moment US Special Ops forces ‘blitzed Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s Syrian lair as he detonated his own suicide vest’

  • Major ISIS target, believed to be Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, reportedly killed in Syria
  • US-led forces in Idlib, Syria descended on the ISIS leader’s lair, reports suggest
  • Early reports suggests Baghdadi may have detonated his suicide vest in the raid 
  • Donald Trump plans to make a ‘major statement’ at the White House at 1pm GMT
  • Al-Baghdadi issued a chilling call to arms in 2014 declaring an Islamic ‘caliphate’ 
  • Under his leadership, smaller-scale higher-frequency attacks became the norm 
  • The Westminster and Manchester Arena terrorist attacks were both linked to ISIS

This is the moment ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is believed to have been killed while under a barrage of fire from US Special Ops forces during an overnight raid in north-west Syria.    Al-Baghdadi, the leader of the so-called Islamic caliphate, reportedly blew himself up during the targeted attack on his lair in Syria’s Idlib province in the early hours of Sunday morning.  He arrived at area of the raid 48 hours beforehand, Turkish official said.  The ISIS leader was with his two wives, who were both reportedly wearing explosive devices, as well as his children which are believed to still be alive.  The video is as yet unconfirmed and the final confirmation of Baghdadi’s death is underway while DNA and biometric testing is conducted, sources told CNN.

Caliphate leader: Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is thought to have detonated his own suicide vest during the targeted raid on his lair in Syria's Idlib province. He is shown in a still from a video released in April, having not been seen since he spoke at the Grand Mosque in Mosul in 2014

Al-Baghdadi, the leader of the so-called Islamic caliphate, reportedly blew himself up during the targeted attack on his lair in Syria's Idlib province in the early hours of Sunday morning

Al-Baghdadi, the leader of the so-called Islamic caliphate, reportedly blew himself up during the targeted attack on his lair in Syria’s Idlib province in the early hours of Sunday mornin With a £19.5 million ($25m) bounty on his head, al-Baghdadi had been far less visible in recent years, releasing only sporadic audio recordings, including one just last month in which he called on members of the extremist group to do all they could to free ISIS detainees and women held in jails and camps. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported an attack carried out by a squadron of eight helicopters accompanied by a warplane. The attacks were on positions where ISIS  operatives were believed to be hiding in the Barisha area north of Idlib city, after midnight on Saturday-Sunday. It said the helicopters targeted ISIS positions with heavy strikes for about 120 minutes, during which jihadists targeted the helicopters with heavy weapons.  The Syrian Observatory documented the death of nine people as a result of the coalition helicopter attack, adding that the death toll is likely to rise due to the presence of a large number of wounded. The purported audio was his first public statement since last April, when he appeared in a video for the first time in five years.