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Donald Trump announces the death of Abu Bakr al Baghdadi leader of the Islamic State group

The leader of the jihadist Islamic State (IS) group, Abu Bakr al Baghdadi, allegedly died during a US military attack in Syria, US media reported, a few hours before President Donald Trump makes a "very important" announcement on Sunday. from the White House. According to important television channels in that country, Al Bagdadi died in an operation of the US army in northeastern Syria. In addition, analyzes are performed to formally confirm identity. Another American media says that the leader of El committed suicide by exploding his explosive vest, although so far little information has been confirmed. As indicated by the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (OSDH) on Sunday, US commandos were left by helicopters in the province of Idlib (Syrian northwest), in an area where "groups close to IS" were located. The operation was aimed at senior leaders of the IS, "said the NGO, which places it near the town of Barisha (Idlib). The White House announced, without giving details, that Trump "will make a very important announcement" this Sunday at 09:00 local time. Shortly before that announcement, the president had said on Twitter. "Something huge just happened!" If the operation were confirmed, it would be the most important one directed against a high jihadist leader since the death, on May 2, 2011, of Osama bin Laden, the al-Qaida leader killed by US special forces in Pakistan. Abu Bakr al Bagdadi has given no sign of life since an audio recording broadcast in November 2016, after the start of the Iraqi offensive to retake Mosul, in which he asked his men to fight until they became martyrs. Baghdadi, whose real name is Ibrahim Awad al Badri, was supposedly born in 1971 in a poor family in the Baghdad region. Passionate about football, he failed in his attempt to be a lawyer and then military, and began studying theology.

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