Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the Islamic State, has been killed, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), a London-based human rights monitor.
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Although there have been false reports of al-Baghdadi's death in the past, SOHR has "a solid history of accurately reporting incidents from inside war-torn Syria" according to CBS News.
"We have confirmed [Baghdadi's death] from information from one of our activists in Deir Ezzor, they confirmed that Baghdadi has died," Rami Abdelrahman, director of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, told Newsweek.
The group also claims to have heard the news from "top tier commanders" of ISIS.
There is no information yet on on how or precisely how the terror chief met his fate, although Moscow claimed that al-Baghdadi may have been killed in an airstrike outside of Raqqa in mid-June.
The U.S. military has not yet confirmed Baghdadi's death.
Al-Baghdadi is the Caliph, or the supreme religious and political leader, of the so-called Islamic state, which was declared in 2014.