The Syrian Observatory Group Confirms Death of ISIS Chief Baghdadi

11 July 2017 / by Anish Jonathan Rao (author)
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Syrian war monitoring group, The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) has confirmed reports that reveal the fact that its commander-in-chief, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is dead. The date and the cause of death are still unknown.  The death of the ISIS leader has been frequently reported since he declared the formation of the Islamic Caliphate in 2014.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) updated a post today confirming that the death of the ‘Amir of the Islamic state organization’. 

The director of the British-based war monitoring group Rami Abdulrahman told Reuters, “observatory sources in Syria's eastern town of Deir al-Zor had been told by Daesh sources that Baghdadi had died "but they did not specify when.

Last month the Russian Defense Ministry stated that it was investigating reports that the ISIS leader was killed in one of the airstrikes initiated by the Russian Airforce on May 28, 2017.

It is said that Baghdadi was attending meeting in Raqqa when the bombs were dropped on the location. Although, the US did confirm that the Russian had conducted airstrikes in Raqqa on May 28 but were unable to confirm the death of Baghdadi.

The SOHR posted the confirmation on FB a day after the Iraqi PM declared that their forces have regained full control over Mosul and that ISIS has indeed been defeated.  

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"I declare to the whole world the end, failure and collapse of Daesh state, the state of IS group terrorism, which they announced it here in Mosul three years ago," Abadi said in a speech in Mosul.

The Iraqi forces fought consistently for the past nine months to regain control over this strategic city that was captured by ISIS in 2014. 

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