Islamic State chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi still alive: U.S. defence secretary

Posted July 23, 2017

Russia's army said in mid-June that it was seeking to verify whether it had killed the ISIL chief in a May airstrike in Syria.

"I think Baghdadi's alive", Mattis told reporters Friday at the Pentagon.

"I mean everyone who worked for him initially is dead or gone".

"We have asked the White House to clarify the tweet", the statement said. Still, with both the U.S. and Russian Federation targeting him, both want to upstage the other by getting there first.

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Earlier this month, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said it had "confirmed information" that Baghdadi had been killed, but Western and Iraqi officials have been skeptical.

Talabany said Baghdadi was most likely hiding south of the eastern Syrian city of Raqqa, the de facto capital of ISIS's self-styled caliphate, which is under siege from a Kurdish-Arab force backed by the US -led coalition.

"The Failing New York Times foiled USA attempt to kill the single most wanted terrorist, -Al-Baghdadi.Their sick agenda over National Security", Trump tweeted.

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"That was a very good lead".

U.S. President Donald Trump criticized The New York Times on Saturday on Twitter for allegedly ruining a U.S. attempt to assassinate Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. Trump said seeking an end to these leaks.

Abdel Rahman did not provide any additional details on exactly when or how al-Baghdadi was killed.

Tweeting 10 times in a two-hour span Saturday morning, the president also touched on the usual suspects such as the "Amazon Washington Post", "Crooked Hillary Clinton", former FBI Director James Comey and the Affordable Care Act.

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