CAIRO/BEIRUT (Reuters) – The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights told Reuters on Tuesday in which the idea had “confirmed information” in which Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has been killed.
The report came just days after the Iraqi army recaptured the last sectors of the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, which Baghdadi’s forces overran almost exactly three years ago.
Russia’s Defence Ministry said in June in which the idea might have killed Baghdadi when one of its air strikes hit a gathering of Islamic State commanders on the outskirts of the Syrian city of Raqqa. although Washington said the idea could not corroborate the death as well as also Western as well as also Iraqi officials have been skeptical.
Reuters could not independently verify Baghdadi’s death.
“(We have) confirmed information via leaders, including one of the first rank who is actually Syrian, within the Islamic State within the eastern countryside of Deir al-Zor,” said Rami Abdulrahman, the director of the British-based war monitoring group.
In Iraq, U.S. Army Colonel Ryan Dillon, spokesman for the U.S.-led coalition fighting Islamic State, said he could not confirm the news.
Abdulrahman said activists working with him in Deir al-Zor had been told by the Islamic State sources in which Baghdadi had died, although not when or how. The sources said Baghdadi had been present within the eastern countryside of Syria’s Deir al-Zor province within the past three months.
The Pentagon said the idea had no information to corroborate the reports. Kurdish as well as also Iraqi officials also had no immediate confirmation.
Baghdadi’s death has been announced many times before, although the Observatory carries a record of credible reporting on the Syrian conflict. Islamic State-affiliated websites as well as also social media feeds have so far said nothing.
The death of Baghdadi, who declared a caliphate governed by Islamic law via a mosque in Mosul in 2014, might be one of the biggest blows yet to the jihadist group, which is actually trying to defend shrinking territory in Syria as well as also Iraq.
The United States put up a $25 million reward for his capture, the same amount as the idea had offered for al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden as well as also his successor Ayman al-Zawahri. the idea is actually not yet known if anybody will claim the bounty.
The Islamic State leaders killed in Iraq as well as also Syria since the U.S.-led coalition began its air strikes include Abu Ali al-Anbari, Baghdadi’s deputy; the group’s “minister of war”, Abu Omar al-Shishani, a close military adviser to Baghdadi; as well as also Abu Mohammad al-Adnani, one of its most prominent as well as also longest-serving leaders.
Family of Preachers
Baghdadi was born Ibrahim Awad al-Samarrai in 1971 in Tobchi, a poor area near Samarra, north of the capital Baghdad.
His family included preachers via the ultra-conservative Salafi school of Sunni Islam, which sees many additional branches of the faith as heretical as well as also additional religions as anathema.
He joined the Salafi jihadist insurgency in 2003, the year of the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq, as well as also was captured by the Americans. They released him about a year later, thinking he was a civilian agitator rather than a military threat.
the idea was not until July 4, 2014, in which he seized the globe’s attention, climbing the pulpit of Mosul’s medieval al-Nuri mosque in black clerical garb during Friday prayers to announce the restoration of the caliphate.
Thousands of volunteers flocked into Iraq as well as also Syria via around the globe to become “Jund al-Khilafa”, or soldiers of the caliphate.
At the height of its power two years ago, Islamic State ruled over millions of people in territory running via northern Syria through towns as well as also villages along the Tigris as well as also Euphrates river valleys to the outskirts of the Iraqi capital Baghdad.
the idea claimed or inspired attacks in dozens of cities including Paris, Nice, Orlando, Manchester, London as well as also Berlin, as well as also in nearby Turkey, Iran, Saudi Arabia as well as also Egypt.
In Iraq, the idea staged dozens of attacks targeting Shi’ite Muslim areas. A truck bomb in July 2016 killed more than 324 people in a crowded area of Baghdad, the deadliest attack since the 2003 invasion of Iraq.
The loss of Mosul as well as also the siege of Raqqa, Islamic State’s capital in Syria, by a U.S.-backed, Kurdish-led force stripped Baghdadi of the trappings of caliph as well as also made him a fugitive within the desert border area between the two countries.
(For a graphic showing shrinking area of Islamic State control, click tmsnrt.rs/2uMypac)
Additional reporting by Suleiman al-Khalidi in Beirut, Omar Fahmy in Cairo as well as also Phil Stewart in Washington; Writing by Ahmed Aboulenein as well as also Samia Nakhoul; Editing by Kevin Liffey
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