ISIS Confirms Leader al-Baghdadi Has Been Killed

One month after Russia reported that it had likely killed Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi during a May airstrike in Syria, moments ago ISIS declared that its supreme leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has died, Al Masdar news reported, with the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights telling Reuters it has “confirmed information” of his death.

According to AMN, ISIS gunmen issued a brief statement announcing that their leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is dead and the name of the “new caliph”, and adds that some Iranian media outlets earlier circulated images confirming al-Baghdadi’s death. The terrorist group, which recently lost its Iraqi stronghold of Mosul, said it will soon announce a successor to Baghdadi.

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