Washington | Jagran News Desk: ISIS chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdai is believed to have been killed in a US military action in Syria’s Idlib region, US media reported on Sunday. Reports suggest the Bhagdadi may have killed himself with a suicide vest while the US special operations forces attacked.

CNN quoted sources saying that the final confirmation will done after DNA and biometric testing is conducted. 

Meanwhile, media reports quoted sources saying that Baghdadi was the target of the secretly planned operation approved by US President Donald Trump. White House deputy press secretary Hogan Gidley has announced that Trump will make a major announcement today at 9 am (6:30 pm IST). 

Earlier, Trump teased a major announcement, tweeting Saturday night that "Something very big has just happened!"

Baghdadi, a native of Iraq around 48 years old, built the violent terrorist movement into a potent force, in 2014 establishing its own "caliphate" territory across large swathes of Syria and Iraq.

He had been in hiding for the last five years. In April this year, a man, purportedly Baghdadi, was seen in a video released by the ISIS media wing al-Furqan. It was the first time Baghdadi was seen after July 2014 when he spoke at the Great Mosque in Mosul. 

Then he had announced the birth of Islamic State's much-feared "caliphate" across swathes of Iraq and Syria. The mosque was retaken by Iraqi security forces in June 2017.

Posted By: Abhinav Gupta