October 27, 2019 / 12:24 PM / 7 months ago

Mission targeting Baghdadi involved U.S. special forces in Syria's Idlib region: U.S. official

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. mission that targeted Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi involved special operations forces and took place in Syria’s Idlib region, a U.S. official said on Sunday.

Baghdadi is believed to have been killed in a U.S. military operation in Syria, sources in the region said, and U.S. President Donald Trump was due to make a “major statement” at the White House.

Reporting by Phil Stewart; Writing by Lindsay Dunsmuir; Editing by Alison Williams

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