A “high value” target, ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has died in a US raid in Syria Saturday, President Trump announced in a Sunday morning address to the nation.
Baghdadi was targeted in a strike by US Special Operations forces.
It is believed that the Baghdadi detonated a suicide vest as the ground raid was carried out in the northwestern city of Idlib. Defense Department officials told the White House Saturday it had “great confidence” that Baghdadi was killed in the raid, Newsweek reported.
Baghdadi reportedly had a $25 million bounty on his head. President Trump approved the raid several days ago. The CIA also assisted in locating Baghdadi. He had been in hiding for five years. He became the leader of ISIS in 2010.