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Asia Times: the leader of ISIS is alive and well – he’s hiding in the vicinity of Raqqa

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the terrorist group «Islamic state», about the death which was announced 11 June, the state Syrian TV channel, in fact, alive and in good health. Two months ago left Mosul, a stronghold of the IG in Iraq, and disappears in the vicinity of Raqqa.

About this report Tuesday, July 4, a number of foreign media and, in particular, the publication Asia Times, which cites informed sources in the Iraqi security forces.

Earlier, Iranian news Agency IRIB claimed that the terrorist leader is «absolutely dead,» and published photos of the corpse, allegedly discovered in raqqa. But then there were the sceptics who claimed that the photographs depicted a different person.

On June 20 the Deputy Minister of foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Gennady Gatilov said that Moscow has no evidence of the death of the leader of the terrorist group «Islamic state» Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

Last weekend, the death of al-Baghdadi was confirmed by the representative of the Islamic revolutionary guard Corps. The article, however, says that over the past three years, the press at least 12 times published reports about the terrorist’s death, and each time they were false.

So, in October 2016, the Arab and Iranian media reported an attempt to poison the leader and three of his commanders.

On the death of al-Baghdadi, for example, on 14 June 2016, reported the news Agency «al-Amak» associated with ISIS, the report said that al-Baghdadi died «on the fifth day of the Holy month of Ramadan.»

In October 2015, it was reported that al-Baghdadi was wounded in an airstrike on the border of Syria and Iraq, but survived. It was rumored that after being wounded he moved to Libya, but they were not confirmed.

In the beginning of the week terrorist group «Islamic state» published in the city of tal afar, located West of Mosul, a decree forbidding residents to discuss the reports of the death of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

As informs television channel «Al-Sumaria», citing local residents, the punishment for the transgression – 50 lashes. While the IG is not made clear in the question, alive or dead, the leader of the group.

The basis for the spread of rumors was the Friday sermon preached at the local mosque one of the companions of al-Baghdadi, Imam Abu Qutayba, in which he hinted at the death of the leader of the «Islamic state».

Asia Times: the leader of ISIS is alive and well – he’s hiding in the vicinity of Raqqa
04.07.2017

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