Syrian activists: At least 7 killed in Raqqa airstrike

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The news stems from Syrian state television which has claimed the world's most wanted terrorist is dead following an airstrike.

However no other media has reported yet and claimed Baghdadi has been killed, there were reports that heavy airstrikes had happened over the provincial capital of Raqqa last night.

The IS stronghold of Raqqa was bombed heavily overnight on Saturday, local time, with the terrorist group's Amaq news agency revealing the damage.

Baghdadi has been injured at least once by airstrikes, and at the end of previous year feared for his life as coalition forces surrounded Mosul.

Bakr al-Baghdadi, who has a $25million bounty on his head, had been believed to be hiding out in the desert outside the besieged city of Mosul in northern Iraq after fleeing Raqqa in March.

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Raqqa became a key city in IS's self-declared caliphate, a hub for the organisation's activities and attacks in Syria, Iraq and further afield.

The revelation has emerged as Iraqi forces claimed al-Baghdadi's deputy, Ayad al-Jumaili, was killed in an air strike near Iraq's border with Syria.

The city has always been seen as a prize by multiple parties to the Syrian conflict, including the Assad regime, Russia, Turkey and the US-led coalition bombing Daesh since 2014.

Beirut - The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) achieved on Saturday new advances in Raqqa by controlling new positions in the west, north and east of the city following fierce battles with ISIS militants.

Smoke rises from al-Mishlab district at Raqqa's southeastern outskirts. The war monitor, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, said the SDF had taken Mishlab and more than half of Sabahia.