US special forces have successfully carried out a top secret raid to kill ISIS terror boss Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, it was reported this morning.
Senior Pentagon and Army officials have confirmed to a US magazine that a targeted attack has killed Baghdadi – in hiding since last year.
And the Defense Department told the White House they have "high confidence" that the high-value target killed was Baghdadi, Newsweek reports.
If confirmed, it would be the most successful targeted US military strike since the dramatic killing of Osama Bin Laden in Pakistan in 2011.
Details of the apparent plan – signed off by President Trump last week – came as US military helicopters were seen in Syria's Idlib region.
President Trump tweeted this morning: "Something very big has just happened!"
The White House announced later that the president will make a "major statement" on Sunday at 9:00am (1pm GMT).
Rumors of al-Baghdadi's demise have circulated since the destruction of his so-called Caliphate in Iraq and Syria last year.
The Iraqi-born cleric had lead the sick terror group in its path of bloody conquest across the region in 2014.
His death could be a major victory for the US – which has been criticised internationally for suddenly departing Syria in recent weeks.
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