ISIS leader supposedly killed in a targeted airstrike as they held their meeting in Raqqa
The claim that Russia has killed al-Baghdadi has not been fully confirmed, however, according to the US-led coalition. Al-Baghdadi, who has a £20 million bounty on his head, had been believed to be hiding out in the desert outside the besieged city of Mosul in northern Iraq but intelligence agencies believe he escaped from the city while it was being retaken by the Iraqi army. It is thought he then tried to get to Raqqa.
This will not be the first time the dreaded terrorist has been reported dead. More than a dozen times in the past, there has been reports that he was killed, yet each time a video is released to dispute that.