A group of senior ISIS and al-Qaeda commanders was reportedly killed in a U.S. raid on the Abu Baker al-Baghdadi hideout in northwestern Syria, near the Turkish border.
Iraqi sources said that al-Baghdadi’s deputy in the ISIS leadership, Abu Said al-Iraqi, was killed in the raid along with Ghazwan al-Rawi, the personal bodyguard of the infamous terrorist, and Abu al-Yaman, head of ISIS security in Wilayat al-Sham (Syria).
Abu al-Yaman, a Syrian citizen, appeared in al-Baghdadi’s last video message, which was released on April 29.
Besides senior ISIS commanders, Syrian Jihadi sources revealed that Abu Mohamad al-Halabi, a prominent commander of al-Qaeda-affiliated Horas al-Din, was also killed in the raid. Horas al-Din is a key ally of Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) that controls Greater Idlib.
US forces, including eight helicopters carrying special forces. warplanes and drones reportedly conducted a “successful raid” on the al-Baghdadi hideout in the town of Barisha in northern Idlib. According to initial reports, al-Baghdadi blew himself up when he was approached by U.S. forces.
The infamous terrorist’s wife and child were reportedly killed in the course of the raid. The family of Abu Mohamad al-Halabi was also allegedly killed.
Al-Baghdad’s older son Huthaifah al-Badri was killed last year by the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) in the Homs desert in the heart of the country.
The death of al-Baghdadi is yet to be verified. U.S. President Donald is expected to confirm the news in a live statement a few hours from now.
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