It’s again being reported that Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the Islamic State has been killed, but we’ve heard this one before.
According to one report, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says it has “confirmed information” that Baghdadi has been killed.
Rami Abdurrahman, director of the war monitoring group, announced on Tuesday that Baghdadi was killed in Deir az Zor province in eastern Syria.
“Top-tier commanders from ISIL who are present in Deir az Zor province have confirmed the death of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, emir of the Islamic State group, to the Observatory,” Abdurrahman told reporters, adding, “We learned of it today but we do not know when he died or how.”
The report could not be independently verified, so there is no guarantee that the information is correct, but there were no official confirmation or denial of the news on ISIS-affiliated websites and social media feeds.
However, it was reported in Al Jazeera that ISIS has confirmed its leader’s death as the result of an air strike in the Iraqi province of Nineveh.
It’s rumored that ISIS is desperate to replace their lead terrorist, who has headed up the group since 2014.
If confirmed, his death would mark another blow to ISIS after its loss of Mosul, which Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said Monday had been retaken after a months-long campaign.
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