The United States has been reported to have targeted the leader of Islamic State of Iraq and Levant, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in a operation in Syria.
No US official have officially confirmed the report of the attack or if the Islamic State was killed im the operation.
US weekly news magazine, Newsweek, citing a US Army official briefed on the result of the operation, said al-Baghdadi was killed in the raid.
US President Donald Trump plans to make a “major statement” at the White House at 9 am EST (1300 GMT) on Sunday, White House spokesman Hogan Gidley said on Saturday.
Earlier, Trump tweeted a cryptic message om twitter handle: “Something very big has just happened!”
The man Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi
The IS leader has been described as the world’s most wanted man.
In October 2011, the US officially designated him a “terrorist” and offered a reward of $10m (£5.8m; 7.3m euros) for information leading to his capture or death.
Baghdadi has a reputation as a highly organised and ruthless battlefield tactician.
He was born near Samarra, north of Baghdad, in 1971, and his real name is Ibrahim Awad al-Badri.
Reports suggest he was a cleric in a mosque in the city around the time of the US-led invasion in 2003.
Some believe he was already a militant jihadist during the rule of former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein. Others suggest he was radicalised during the four years he was held at Camp Bucca, a US facility in southern Iraq where many al-Qaeda commanders were detained.
He emerged in 2010 as the leader of al-Qaeda in Iraq, one of the groups that merged with IS, and rose to prominence during the attempted merger with the al-Nusra Front in Syria.
IS released a video of a man it said was Baghdadi earlier this year. Before this, he had not been seen since 2014, when he proclaimed from Mosul the creation of a “caliphate” across parts of Syria and Iraq.
Abu Al-Baghdadi profile: BBC