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ISIS ‘finally admits its leader Abu Bakr al Baghdadi is dead’ …

July 12, 2017

after lifting ban on jihadis talking about his death in an airstrike

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* Captured jihadis are paraded for the cameras in Mosul as US commander warns Iraq must stop ISIS 2.0 emerging from the ashes
* ‘ISIS rats’ seen crawling out of their tunnels to surrender to Counter Terrorism units in Mosul after the city was reclaimed from jihadists  

 

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ISIS has finally admitted its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is dead, according to reports in Iraq.

The terror group is said to have confirmed that the 45-year-old was killed in an air strike in the Iraqi province of Nineveh.

Reports claim ISIS fanatics are scrambling to find a successor to the terror chief, who announced the formation of the group’s so-called caliphate in Mosul in 2014.

The claims were made by a source, speaking to Iraq’s Al Sumaria News, who said a ban on jihadis talking about the leader’s death had now been lifted.

ISIS has finally admitted its leader Abu Bakr al Baghdadi is dead, according to media reports in Iraq

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights war monitor said today that it also had information from top ISIS group leaders confirming the death.

‘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,’ director Rami Abdel Rahman told AFP.

‘We learned of it today but we do not know when he died or how.’ 

The Pentagon said today that it had no information to corroborate the claims. 

Russia’s army said Sukhoi warplanes carried out a 10-minute raid on May 28 at a location near the ISIS stronghold of Raqqa, where group leaders had gathered to plan a pullout from the area.

Reports of al-Baghdadi’s death come as pictures show airstrikes on ISIS positions on the edge of Mosul’s Old City today

Members of the Iraqi federal police forces celebrate in the Old City of Mosul last night

The US-led coalition fighting the jihadist group in Syria and Iraq said at the time it could not confirm whether the Russian strike had killed Baghdadi.

The 46-year-old Iraqi-born leader of ISIS has not been seen in public since making his only known public appearance as ‘caliph’ in 2014 at the Grand Mosque of Al-Nuri in Mosul.

ISIS destroyed the highly symbolic site before Iraqi forces could reach it as they pushed the jihadist group from Mosul, where Iraq’s government formally declared victory on Monday.

With a $25-million US bounty on his head, Baghdadi has kept a low profile and was rumoured to move regularly throughout ISIS-held territory in the area straddling Iraq and Syria.

Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi has not been seen since declaring the creation of the Islamic State in July 2014

His death, if confirmed, would be a new blow to the group which is also battling a US-backed coalition of Kurdish and Arab fighters for control of its Syrian stronghold Raqqa.  

In January it was reported the leader had been ‘critically injured in airstrikes in northern Iraq.’

The Pentagon said in December it believed that the ISIS chief was alive, despite repeated efforts by the US-led coalition to take out the jihadist group leader.

According to an official Iraqi government document, al-Baghdadi was born in Samarra in Iraq in 1971.

He apparently joined the insurgency that erupted after the 2003 US-led invasion of Iraq and spent time in an American military prison.   

Earlier this month, an ISIS preacher and leader was executed by the militants after he accidentally suggested that al-Baghdadi had died.

Senior ISIS leader and preacher, Abu Qutaiba was burned to death in the group’s stronghold town of Tal Afar, Alsumaria News reported.

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