“Despite the first news that US forces had killed the ISIS leader, details soon revealed that he blew himself up before the US strikes.

A senior US administration official said al-Qurashi died at the beginning of the operation when he detonated a bomb that killed him and his family, including women and children.

The official stated that Al-Quraishi used a hand grenade, and it was not confirmed until now whether the leader committed suicide, or that he blew himself up by mistake.”

Al-Aan TV reporter Jenan Mousse reported that “Acc[ording] to eye witnesses, an Iraqi speaker who was with the Americans shouted through a loudspeaker during Atmeh raid: ‘You have 15 minutes to surrender & get out of the house.’ However occupants refused & a gun battle erupted,”