NEWDELHI: On Tuesday Chief of Islamic State Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was reported dead by a Syrian monitoring group and an Iraqi TV news channel, a day after Iraq announced that they defeated the terror group in its stronghold of Mosul.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights told- it had “confirmed information” from top IS commanders that al-Baghdadi had been killed.“Top tier commanders from IS who are present in Deir Ezzor province have confirmed the death of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, emir of the Islamic State group, to the Observatory,” the group’s director Rami Abdel Rahman told AFP.
“We learned of it today but we do not know when he died or how.”
Deir Ezzor, in eastern Syria, remains largely under IS control even as the group is losing territory elsewhere in the country and in neighbouring Iraq.
Al-Sumaria News quoted a source in Diyala area of eastern Iraq as saying that Daesh – an Arabic acronym commonly used for the IS – had announced the death of its leader.
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