ISIS chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi believed to be dead after a US military raid

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Delhi: ISIS Chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was believed to be dead after a US military raid in Syria’s Idlib region, US media reported early Sunday. Baghdadi may have killed himself with a suicide vest as US special operations forces descended, media said citing multiple government sources. He was the target of the secretly planned operation approved by President Donald Trump, officials said. Long pursued by the US-led coalition against the ISIS, Baghdadi has been erroneously reported dead several times in recent years. In rare video and audio messages this year Baghdadi called on ISIS fighters to regroup and try to free thousands of their comrades captured by the US-allied Syrian Democratic Forces in northeastern Syria.