Washington: The US army has carried out an operation in opposition to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the elusive chief of the Islamic State (IS) terror group, the BBC mentioned on Sunday citing American media studies as saying.
Earlier within the day, CNN, citing a senior US defence official and an knowledgeable supply, reported that al-Baghdadi was killed in a raid carried out by American forces in northeast Syria on Saturday.
However there have been no official affirmation of both the raid or al-Baghdadi’s killing.
Neither the Pentagon nor the White Home have confirmed the raid or its alleged end result as but.
The BBC quoted the Newsweek as saying that the raid was carried out by particular operations forces after they obtained “actionable intelligence”.
Shortly after the information studies have been out, US President Donald Trump tweeted, saying: “Something very big has just happened.”
The White Home mentioned late Saturday evening that Trump was slated to make a “major statement” at 9 a.m. on Sunday (6.30 p.m. IST), however gave no additional particulars.
Al-Baghdadi, who’s described because the world’s most wished man, was formally designated by the US in October 2011 a “terrorist” and supplied a $10 million reward for data resulting in his seize or loss of life, the BBC reported.
Born close to Samarra, north of Baghdad, in 1971, al-Baghdadi who’s actual title is Ibrahim Awad al-Badri, has a popularity as a extremely organised and ruthless battlefield tactician.
Studies recommend that he was a cleric in a mosque within the metropolis across the time of the US-led invasion of Iraq in 2003.
He emerged in 2010 because the chief of Al Qaeda in Iraq, one of many teams that merged with the Islamic State (IS), and rose to prominence in the course of the tried merger with al-Nusra Entrance in Syria.
Al-Baghdadi has made just one public look, in July 2014, within the al-Nuri Mosque in Mosul, which was retaken by Iraqi safety forces in June 2017.
This August, the IS had launched what it mentioned was a brand new audio message from al-Baghdadi the place he admitted that the IS teams have been dropping and that it was a take a look at from Allah, saying they wanted to stay collectively.