The leader of the Islamic State, who reportedly received $ 25 million in bounty, was reportedly killed in Syria.
A "high value ISIS target" – presumably the mastermind of the Islamic State of Abu Bakr al-Bagdadi – was killed by US-led forces in Idlib, a well-placed military source told Fox News on Saturday night.
A senior Trump administration official later confirmed the source's account.
But at 9:23 pm On Saturday, President Trump posted a Twitter message pointing out "very big news."
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Soon after, the White House issued a statement announcing that important news would be announced there on Sunday at 9:00 am.
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announced to Newsweek late Saturday that Baghdadi was killed during a special mission that President Trump approved about a week ago.
In September, an audio allegedly received by Baghdadi contained an appeal to members of the extremist group to use all necessary means to liberate Muslims "imprisoned by crusaders and their Shiite followers."
The US reportedly received $ 25 million in bounty for information to capture Baghdadi.
Earlier in the year, Iraqi intelligence officials told Fox News that he was lurking in Syrian border towns, often wearing non-traditional or "normal" clothing, using a civilian car and making sure they were all around him. He had no cell phones or mobile phones electronic devices to bypass the detection.
Some experts had predicted that with time the ISIS losses in the Middle East would increase, it was inevitable that Baghdadi would either be captured or killed.
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"Baghdadi is probably moving a lot not to be discovered," said Jeffrey Simon, a terrorism expert and founder of the national security consulting firm Political Risk Assessment Inc. said earlier this year. "But it will only be a matter of time before he is found."
"I think he's still alive," added Simon at the time. " The news of his death would have been hard to keep secret for a long time.
This is an evolving story. Look for updates. Jennifer Griffin, John Roberts and Hollie McKay of Fox News have contributed to this story.