Syrian state television is claiming some pretty good news.
They are reporting that the world’s most wanted terrorist Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has been killed in an airstrike.
This would be wonderful news, if we could know for sure.
This isn’t the first time the ISIS leader has been reported dead. So these recent reports have been met with a lot of skepticism.
It would certainly be in the interests of the Assad regime to claim that the world’s most wanted terrorist had been killed to provide it with a short -term propaganda victory.
ISIS’s official media wing Amaq has also not confirmed the news.
These latest reports claim the leader was killed in Raqqa.
Syrian activists, Raqqa24, reported that an airstrike killed at least seven civilians but did not mention al-Baghdadi.
There has also been video footage of airstrikes hitting Raqqa throughout last week. They show white phosphorus munitions falling on to the city and setting buildings ablaze.
Al-Baghdadi, a hate preacher who has a $25million 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 was thought he may have been trying to get to ISIS’ de facto capital in Raqqa.
Reports that al-Baghdadi had been killed emerged as Iraqi forces claimed that his deputy Ayad al-Jumaili, had been killed in an air strike near Iraq’s border with Syria.
Sadly, we can’t be sure if this report is true. We will be holding our breath, praying that it is.