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    Daesh Leader Baghdadi Alive, Not in Iraq's Mosul - US Defense Official

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    Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the Daesh terror group, is still alive, he is not in the Iraqi city of Mosul, according to a US defense official.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The leader of the Islamic State [Daesh] terror group (banned in Russia) Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is still alive but is currently not in the Iraqi city of Mosul, a US defense official told reporters on Wednesday.

    Media has previously reported that Baghdadi visited Mosul, which is the Islamic State's biggest stronghold in Iraq.

    "Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who I believe is still alive, [is] not in Mosul," the official said.


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