Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of ISIS, is dead, according to unconfirmed reports from Syrian television.
Be aware, though, that the reports of the ISIS leader’s demise are coming from the Syrian government. Bashar Al Assad’s government would benefit from reports of Al-Baghdadi’s death as the regime insists it’s trying to crack down on ISIS militants as part of its crushing of the rebel insurgency.
However, a big caution: There have been reports about Al-Baghdadi’s demise before. They weren’t true. He’s a cat with nine lives. However, there were also reports that al-Baghdadi was an increasingly isolated figure. Time will tell in relation to the June 10 reports. American media and the U.S. government had yet to confirm them.
First the new reports: “Claims suggest the leader of ISIS Abu Bkr al-Baghdadi was killed in an air strike on Saturday” June 10, reports UK Mirror.
According to the Mirror, Al-Baghdadi has had close escapes with death in the past. “Recent evidence unearthed for a documentary shows Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi escaped capture in Iraq by just minutes back in 2013,” the news site reported.
In March, the Pentagon told the news media that Al-Baghdadi was still alive despite reports of decimated ISIS leadership on the battlefield and chaos in the Islamic State’s ranks.
“U.S. and Iraqi defense officials, in their most expansive comments to date on al-Baghdadi’s fate, described an isolated commander hiding in the desert and focused largely on his own survival, a sharp contrast to the charismatic jihadi preacher who barely more than a year ago ruled a ‘caliphate’ that stretched from central Syria to the outskirts of Baghdad,” reported The Washington Times in March 2017.
In January 2017, there were reports that Al-Baghdadi had been “critically injured” in air strikes in Iraq. The ISIS leader “was said to have been wounded after a US-led coalition bombing raid in Al-Ba’aj in northern Iraq,” reported the Sun.
Al-Baghdadi’s death would be a big deal to Coalition forces; he’s one of the world’s most wanted men with a multi-million dollar bounty on his head.