Syrian Observatory claims ISIS leader Abu Bakr Baghdadi is dead

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According to a report from the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has been killed. The report does not provide details about the cause or time of death for the wanted ISIS leader.

The report comes just days after the Iraqi army successfully captured the city of Mosul that had been under the control of ISIS since 2014. However, the reports of Baghdadi’s death were provided by the Observatory’s sources in Syria. The ISIS leader’s death could not be confirmed from independent media sources or from the spokesperson of the US army.

Reports of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s death have emerged recurrently with the latest report claiming that a Russian airstrike had killed the ISIS leader. The reports could not be confirmed due to the violent environment in Syria.