Syria (QNN)- ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is believed to have been killed in a US raid conducted by the US military in northwest Syria on Saturday.
The chief of the extremist group was thought to be dead after a US military raid in the Idlib region, US media reported early Sunday.
The White House announced President Donald Trump would make a “major statement” Sunday at 9:00 am (1300 GMT), without providing details.
CNN quoted a senior US defense official, who said it appears that Baghdadi detonated a suicide vest during the raid.
The CIA assisted in locating the ISIS leader, the defense official said. Iraqi forces also gave “important information” in the operation, Maj. Gen. Tahseen al-Khafaji, a spokesperson for the Iraqi Joint Operations told CNN.
The Kurdish-lead Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) tweeted that there was a “successful” joint operation with the US — but did not specifically name what that operation was or give any further details.
“Successful & historical operation due to joint intelligence work with the United States of America,” Mazloum Abdi, SDF General Commander tweeted Sunday.
Trump earlier shared a cryptic tweet saying: “Something very big has just happened!”