US carried out an operation targeting ISIL leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in the village of Barisha, in northwestern Syria.

The US raid was carried out in Barisha, a small village in northwestern Syria near the border with Turkey.

Turkey's defence ministry said that Turkish and US military authorities exchanged and coordinated information ahead of the attack.

Al-Baghdadi, who led ISIL for the last five years, was long thought to be hiding somewhere along the Iraq-Syria border.

Al Jazeera reports live from Washington, DC.

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