Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has been reported killed or died in the past several times, but now ISIS is actually confirming his death.
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.
A ban on jihadis talking about the leader’s death has now been lifted, according to a source who spoke to Iraqi media.
If confirmed, his death would mark another devastating blow to the jihadist group after its loss of Mosul after a grueling months-long campaign.
It was not immediately known how Baghdadi died or which country may have been responsible for his death.
Washington Times reports:
The London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Tuesday that Islamic State officials have confirmed the death of terrorist leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
“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,” Rami Abdel Rahman, director of the monitoring group, told AFP.
Russia’s Defence Ministry said in June that it might have killed Baghdadi in a May airstrike on a gathering of Islamic State commanders outside Raqqa, Syria, but U.S. and Iraqi officials remained skeptical, saying they had no evidence to corroborate the claim.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reportedly has a solid track record of accurate reporting on the region. The group’s director told CBS News that the Islamic State sources could not confirm when Baghdadi died, or whether he died as the result of an attack.
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.
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