ISIS chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi dead, says Syrian monitor

The latest development also comes days after Iraq announced that the city of Mosul has been completely reclaimed from the clutches of ISIS. It brought an end to three years of jihadist rule in the city, where thousands of civilians were killed and nearly one million people were displaced.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: July 11, 2017 8:19 pm
 ISIS leader dead, ISIS chief dead, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi dead, Iraq, Syria civil war, islamic state, ISIS, world news, indian express Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi at a mosque in the centre of Iraq’s second city, Mosul, according to a video recording posted on the Internet on July 5, 2014, in this still image taken from video. (Source: Reuters)

Islamic State chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has been killed, Reuters quoted the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights as saying. “(We have) confirmed information from leaders, including one of the first rank, in the Islamic State in the eastern countryside of Deir al-Zor,” the director of the British-based war monitoring group Rami Abdulrahman said.

Although Baghdadi’s death had been announced many times before, the Observatory is known for its track record of credible reporting on Syria’s civil war. Abdulrahman said Observatory sources in Syria’s eastern town of Deir al-Zor had been told by Islamic State sources that Baghdadi had died, but said “they did not specify when”.

However, Islamic State-affiliated websites and social media feeds have not carried any news regarding the leader’s death. The latest development also comes days after Iraq announced that the city of Mosul has been completely reclaimed from the clutches of ISIS. It brought an end to three years of jihadist rule in the city, where thousands of civilians were killed and nearly one million people were displaced.

Earlier in June, Russia’s Defence Ministry had suggested that one of its air strikes might have killed Baghdadi when it hit a gathering of Islamic State commanders on the outskirts of the Syrian city of Raqqa. However, US said it could not confirm the death, while Western and Iraqi officials remained sceptical.

The United States had offered a reward of USD 25 million for his capture, the same amount it had put up for al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden and his successor Ayman al-Zawahri. However, it is not yet known if anybody will claim the bounty.

Who was Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi ? 

Born as Ibrahim Awad al-Samarrai in 1971 in Tobchi (Iraq), Baghdadi joined the Salafi jihadist insurgency in 2003. He was captured by the Americans in the same year when United States invaded Iraq. However, the American troops released him about a year later, thinking that he was a civilian agitator rather than a military threat. Baghdadi made headlines across the globe on July 4, 2014 when he climbed the pulpit of Mosul’s medieval al-Nuri mosque in black clerical garb to announce the restoration of the caliphate.

Thousands of volunteers from across the world flocked into Iraq and Syria to become soldiers of the caliphate. During its prime two years ago, the ISIS maintained its grip over millions of people in territory running from northern Syria through towns and villages along the Tigris and Euphrates river valleys to the outskirts of the Iraqi capital Baghdad. It also claimed to carried out attacks in dozens of cities including Paris, Nice, Orlando, Manchester, London and Berlin, and in nearby Turkey, Iran, Saudi Arabia and Egypt. Baghdadi and his terror outfit, however, lost considerable grounds since the loss of Mosul and the siege of Raqqa, the Islamic State’s capital in Syria.

With Reuters inputs 

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    Pannalal Chakraborty
    Jul 12, 2017 at 2:07 pm
    Apparently ISIS is going down the Al Qaeda way. Once it's purpose is over ..... or.... the Return of Investment on below a Threshold limit, the Backers (Military and Financial backers) may put them in back burners or may even just dump these groups. It is all about Profit Loss accounts. But some cruel followers never understand it. They just flock to these groups where they can do the unmentionable things to fellow human beings in the name of God.
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      Rabindranath Behera
      Jul 11, 2017 at 11:53 pm
      Very happy that that this BLUDY got killed.similarly other s must be killed to peace and harmony to the mankind.These s are culprits of ALLAH,whom they pretend to be dedicated.
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        Birendra
        Jul 11, 2017 at 11:05 pm
        he is not dead he is sleeping comfortabily with Nawaz sharif wife or Musaraf wife in islamabad or riyadh
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          Idrees
          Jul 11, 2017 at 10:01 pm
          One has to admit it was a daring ,clever and brilliant espionage operation...something that RAW has already learnt. The amarnat pilgrims attack is one example of terrorism being done in the name of enemy forces to achieve a strategic goal of defaming genuine freedom fighters
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            sambath
            Jul 12, 2017 at 3:37 pm
            . We are not you, to kill our own people. You are the brainless people in the world killing innocents of your own. Don't write sutpid comments in our forum. Get lost
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            Idrees
            Jul 11, 2017 at 9:56 pm
            It's not abu Bakr al bagdadi who was killed by Russian forces recently in Syria ...It was Simmons Elliott a mossad agent who was a look alike to real al bagdadi..There is irrefutable evidence of this as the al bagdadi never met his known family and friends or even extended family after US detention in 2003 while supposedly living in Iraq. Real al Bagdadi was quietly killed by CIA during his detention in 2003 -2004
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              Hindu
              Jul 11, 2017 at 9:43 pm
              Muslims will become extinct in india soon . How ? Technically the supreme court may declare that all indians are Hindus . Can anyone do anything about that , no ? Why ? because Hinduism is not a similar religion as islam or christianity . So supreme court may first declare india as hindustan and then all indian as Hindus . Just like all citizens of afghanistan are afghans . NO one can do anything if supreme court says so . That will be the first step . The next step will be the arabs , devoid of oil will stop sending money to madrasas and masjids . So these will be turned to schools and hospitals . It will be stamped in their pasport that they are hindus from hindustan . So just relax. After all the level of violence and maara-maari will come down.
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                Namasivayam Chokkalingam
                Jul 12, 2017 at 2:44 am
                I will readily die a hundred deaths rather than a Muslim be turned into a Hindu by whatever means.
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                Idrees
                Jul 11, 2017 at 9:32 pm
                The real abu Babar Baghdai was killed in 2003 while he was under detention of US forces , however a huge search was done during 2003 amongst the detainees to physically and facially match Mossad agent Simon Elliot., as a result of that search by CIA and Mossad project the poor abu bakr al bagdadi was chosen , later on quietly killed and replaced by Simmons Elliott masquerading as al bagdadi..Dear Simmons remained in prison for a while to accomplish his mission and never ever met his family and relatives even after his release from the prison
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                  gyaneshwar
                  Jul 11, 2017 at 11:29 pm
                  Idrees are you high on afghani Afeem
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                    Pannalal Chakraborty
                    Jul 12, 2017 at 2:00 pm
                    Even if it is so ( Simon Elliot is masquerading as Baghdadi ISIS is a Mossad/CIA operation), the Basic Fact remains that ONLY Muslims joined ISIS from all over the world.
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                    k.madhukar
                    Jul 11, 2017 at 9:32 pm
                    Bagdadi will also get 72 old women in heaven ?
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                      Namasivayam Chokkalingam
                      Jul 12, 2017 at 3:05 am
                      Sri Sankarachariya desperately craves to be in the presence of the Lord (Sivanandalahari, Sloka 24) when, he says, the passage of billions of earthly years will be felt as just a second. His Bliss will be such. All theistic religions (Judaism and Christianity) promise that Bliss to their followers. But the promise of Islam to its followers? All sensuous earthly pleasures (like 72 virgins) after death! John Dryden, the father of modern English poetry, refers to this unpardonable sacrilege in his poem 'Religio Laici'.
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