ISIS Reportedly Dealt Massive Blow From Above
Asian, Iranian and Arab media reported Tuesday morning that Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi died on Sunday after his hideout was bombed by the U.S. led-coalition.
The news about al-Baghdadi’s death came after an Iraqi TV channel reported last week that the ISIS boss had been wounded near the Iraqi-Syrian border.
Al Sumariya TV in Iraq cited local sources in Iraq’s Nineveh province who told the channel that al-Baghdadi and other ISIS leaders had been injured by a coalition airstrike on the Islamic State’s headquarters near the Syrian border. When Col. Chris Garver, a spokesman for the U.S.-led coalition, was asked if he could confirm the Al Sumariyah report, he said that he had “nothing to confirm” at that moment.
Tuesday, however, Indian and Iranian media reported they had evidence of al-Baghdadi’s death and released a video with images of what seems to be the corpse of the ISIS leader.
In Khabar, a Hindi-language news channel in India, was the first outlet that published the images.
Other media reported that Amaq News Agency, an outlet that is linked to ISIS, had published an official statement that read: “Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has been killed by coalition air strikes on Raqqa on the fifth day of Ramadan.”
The British news site Mirror, however, cited Iraqi security officers who claimed al-Baghdadi died in Mosul, Iraq.
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