It is reported that the leader of the Islamic State group who reportedly had a $25 million bounty on his head was killed in Syria.
A “high-value ISIS target” — claimed to be Islamic State mastermind Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi — was killed in Idlib by U.S. – led forces, a well-placed Saturday night military source told Fox News.
At 9:23 p.m. President Trump posted a Twitter message about “very big” news on Saturday.
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Soon after, the White House released a statement that significant news would be announced there at 9 a.m.
An audio recording supposedly by Baghdadi in September included a call for extremist group members to use any means necessary to free Muslims who were being detained “by Crusaders and their Shiite supporters.”
The U.S. allegedly posted a $25 million bounty for information that led to Baghdadi’s capture.
Earlier this year, Iraqi intelligence officials speaking to Fox News confirmed that he was hiding in Syrian border towns, mostly wearing non-traditional or “regular” clothing, using a civilian car, and making sure that everyone around him did not have any mobile phones or electronic devices to bypass detection.
Several experts had predicted that it was likely that Baghdadi would either be captured or killed as time passed and ISIS losses in the Middle East began to rise.
“Baghdadi is probably moving a lot to avoid detection,” said Jeffrey Simon, a terrorism analyst and founder of Political Risk Assessment Inc., a national security consultancy firm, earlier this year. Said earlier this year. “But it will just be a matter of time before he is found.
“I think he is still alive,” added Simon at the time. “It would have been difficult to keep secret the news of his death for a long time.”