Politics IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi believed dead in US military assault Updated : October 27, 2019 11:23 AM IST A US official told that al-Baghdadi was targeted in Syria's Idlib province. After Syria's civil war erupted in 2011, al-Baghdadi set about pursuing a plan for a medieval Islamic State, or caliphate. Subscribe to Moneycontrol PRO at just Rs.33/- per month for the first year. Use code SUPERPRO. Limited period offer. Available on Web and Android.