Major Terrorist Leader Has Been Killed
Shortly after the Iraqi government declared victory over the Islamic State group in their Iraqi stronghold of Mosul came a report from a Syrian watchdog group claiming the terrorist outfit’s leader may have been killed.
According to Reuters, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights stated Tuesday that they had obtained confirmation from their own sources that Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was dead.
“(We have) confirmed information from leaders, including one of the first rank who is Syrian, in the Islamic State in the eastern countryside of Deir al-Zor,” said Rami Abdulrahman, director of the British-based group that has been closely monitoring the years-long civil war in Syria.
The claim has not been independently verified or confirmed by any other monitoring group, media outlet or government, least of all the Pentagon, although the Syrian Observatory is generally regarded as being a fairly credible source.
According to The U.K. Telegraph, the Syrian Observatory admitted to not knowing exactly where or how al-Baghdadi was killed.
It is worth noting, however, that Russia claimed in June to have possibly killed the Islamic State group’s leader in an airstrike launched against the terrorists near the de-facto capitol of Raqqa in late May. Of course, that claim has yet to be corroborated as well and most Western governments remain quite skeptical.