The United States military has conducted a special operations raid against Daesh chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, Newsweek reports.
According to a senior Pentagon official familiar with the operation and Army official briefed on the matter, a “high value ISIS (Daesh) target” – believed to be Baghdadi – was targeted during a top-secret operation in Syria’s northwestern Idlib province on Saturday.
The Joint Special Operations Command carried out the raid after receiving actionable intelligence, according to sources familiar with the operation.
The senior Pentagon official told Newsweek that a brief firefight happened when US forces entered the compound, but then Baghdadi killed himself by detonating a suicide vest.
According to Pentagon sources, two Baghdadi’s wives were killed in the raid, but no children were harmed.
The Defense Department told the White House they had “high confidence” that the target killed was Baghdadi, who was long thought to hiding somewhere along the Iraq-Syria border.