The leader of Islamic State, Abu Bkr al-Baghdadi, has been reportedly killed in a Syrian air strike.
Claims from the unverified reports in Syrian state media say that he was killed on Saturday.
Heavy air strikes were carried out across the ISIS stronghold of Raqqa throughout Saturday.
After the spread of hate-filled sermons that have reportedly inspired suicide attack across Europe, Abu Bkr al-Baghdadi has a £20 million bounty on his head.
Recent evidence unearthed for a documentary shows how Abu Bkr al-Baghdadi escaped capture in Iraq in 2013 before sending an army of jihadis to different parts of the world.
News of his ‘death’ emerged on local outlets as Iraqi forces claim his deputy, Ayad al-Jumaili, was killed in an air strike near Iraq’s border with Syria.
Jumaili – a former intelligence officer for Saddam Hussein – was labelled “second-in-command” and the “war minister” of ISIS by Iraqi TV.
In January, reports claimed al-Baghdadi was “critically injured” in airstrikes in northern Iraq.
The Pentagon stated he managed to stay alive despite repeated efforts by the US-led coalition to take out the hate preacher.
Speaking to CNN, Pentagon Spokesman Peter Cook said: “We do think Baghdadi is alive and is still leading ISIL and we are obviously doing everything we can to track his movements.
“If we get the opportunity, we certainly would take advantage of any opportunity to deliver him the justice he deserves.
“We’re doing everything we can. This is something we’re spending a lot of time on.”