Raqqa: Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of one of the most formidable terror groups in the world, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Daesh), has reportedly been killed in an air strike, media reports said on Monday.
Baghdadi has been reportedly killed in a strike in Syria, by a US lead coalition. This comes just a day after speculations in the US media that Baghdadi was on the move, as he attempted to avoid being killed or capture by anti-ISIS coalition forces. However, Iranian media has a different story to tell.
According to Turkish daily Yenis Safak, the ISIS chief died in an air strike in the city of Raqqa in Northern Syria, on Sunday. The paper has cited Arabic news agency al-Amaq as the source of the news. A statement by al-Amaq said, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has been killed by coalition airstrikes on Raqqa on the fifth day of Ramadan, although the huge strike has not been confirmed by the coalition. On Monday, Iraqi news channel Al-Sumaria had also reported that Baghdadi had been wounded in a coalition-led strike on Sunday.
It said that the strike took place at a location 65 Kms from the ISIS occupied city of Mosul. This is plausible as even according to CNN report, Baghdadi had been on the move since the past six months, and had come to Mosul, seeking refuge. The report had been based on about half a dozen highly placed sources across government departments of the United States. We have no reason to believe that Baghdadis not still alive, but we have not heard from him since the end of last year, U.S. Special Envoy Brett McGurk had told CNN, referring to an audio tape that surfaced online in December.
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