21st Century Wire says…
This would be some great news.
Multiple news agencies are reporting that ISIS leader and self-proclaimed Caliph Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has been killed by a coalition airstrike, yet the Pentagon has not yet confirmed the reports.
One states that:
“Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has been killed by coalition airstrikes on Raqqa on the fifth day of Ramadan,”
Talk of ‘the day after’ the Syrian conflict has just begun, something that was not considered when the US initially decided to stick their oar in.
Might we be one step closer to ‘the day after’ if this story proves to be correct?
Multiple media outlets have reported that Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi, leader of Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL), has been killed in a US coalition airstrike. However, the Pentagon and Iraqi military have declined to confirm the claim.
On Monday, the Turkish daily Yeni Safak reported that the self-styled “caliph”of Islamic State was killed in an airstrike on the Syrian city of Raqqa, citing the IS-affiliated Arabic news agency al-Amaq.
“Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has been killed by coalition airstrikes on Raqqa on the fifth day of Ramadan,” said the statement, as quoted by Yeni Safak. The Muslim holy month began on June 6, meaning the strike would have happened on Saturday or Sunday.
Iraqi television network Al Sumariya reported that Baghdadi had been injured in a coalition air attack on an IS command post 40 miles (65 kilometers) west of the IS-held Iraqi city of Mosul. When asked for confirmation, however, Operation Inherent Resolve spokesman Colonel Chris Garver said he had “nothing to confirm this at this time.”
This would not be the first time Baghdadi has been reported dead or injured. Back in October of 2015, the US said an airstrike had wounded the elusive IS leader, and in December the Pentagon speculated that Baghdadi might have died.
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