The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), a reliable monitoring group based in the U.K., claims they have seen “confirmed” information that ISIS chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has been killed.
The Russian military claimed last month that the jihadi leader most likely died after they launched an airstrike against an ISIS gathering near their headquarters in Raqqa. While those reports were never clarified by American intelligence, Agence France-Presse picked up a statement from SOHR director Ramy Abdel Rahman claiming al-Baghdadi’s death was confirmed among the ISIS chain of command.
“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,” said Rahman. “We learned of it today but we do not know when he died or how.”
While American anti-ISIS forces have yet to confirm the ISIS leader’s demise, the report comes shortly after the terrorist group lost their control over Mosul, a major foothold for their operations in Iraq. President Trump has not clarified the details yet, though he did issue this tweet earlier today.
Big wins against ISIS!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 11, 2017
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