- US military has reportedly killed ISIL leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi
- Al-Baghdadi was said to have been killed in Syria's Idlib province
- The report claimed that Al-Baghdadi led ISIS for the last five years
- Legit.ng has also confirmed that after spending years in hiding, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, leader of Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) has finally been brought to justice.
A report by Aljazeera indicates that the leader of the Islamic State militant network, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, has been reportedly killed after being targeted by a US military raid in north-west Syria.
Legit.ng gathered that the TV station noted that a US official said that the ISIL leader was targeted in Syria's Idlib province, adding that another US official confirmed to Reuters news agency that the operation took place but did not disclose details whether it was successful.
It was reported that White House spokesman, Hogan Gidley, said the US president, Donald Trump, plans to make a "major statement" at the White House on Sunday, October 27.
A reporter with Al Jazeera, Alaa Eddine Youssef, in Barisha, said eight US helicopters took part in the operation which lasted for about 90 minutes.
He said: "Search-and-rescue teams are still in the area in an attempt to find out what happened. Many were killed and injured, many vehicles were also destroyed. No cameras are allowed in until all the search and investigation efforts are completed."
According to Daily Mail, the strike came amid concerns that a recent American pullback from northeastern Syria could infuse new strength into the militant group, which had lost vast stretches of territory it had once controlled.
It said the Syrian observatory for human Rights and Syria war monitor, reported that an attack carried out by a squadron of eight helicopters accompanied by a warplane belonging to the international coalition on positions of the Hurras al-Deen (al-Qaida affiliated group – Guardians of the Jihad).
It also noted that the helicopters targeted ISIS positions with heavy strikes for about 120 minutes, during which jihadists targeted the helicopters with heavy weapons.
The newspaper said that Al-Baghdadi led ISIS for the last five years, presiding over its ascendancy as it cultivated a reputation for beheadings and attracted hundreds of thousands of followers to a sprawling and self-styled caliphate in Iraq and Syria.
He was said to have remained among the few ISIS commanders still at large despite multiple claims in recent years about his death and even as his so-called caliphate dramatically shrank, with many supporters who joined the cause either imprisoned or jailed.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that President Donald Trump of the United States of America on Saturday, September 14, confirmed reports that the U.S killed Hamza bin Laden.
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