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    This July 5, 2014 photo shows an image grab taken from a propaganda video released by al-Furqan Media allegedly showing the leader of the Islamic State (IS) jihadist group, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, aka Caliph Ibrahim, adressing Muslim worshippers at a mosque in the militant-held northern Iraqi city of Mosul

    Russian Security Services Verifying Whether Daesh Leader al-Baghdadi Still Alive

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    Russian services are verifying contradictory intelligence on whether Daesh (banned in Russia) leader Abu Bakr Baghdadi is dead or alive, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Monday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Abu Ali Basri, the head of the Iraqi Interior Ministry's intelligence and counterterrorism department was quoted as saying Sunday that Baghdadi "is hiding in Syria, to be precise outside Raqqa."

    The claim came nearly a week after Daesh reportedly confirmed its leader's death in a statement.

    On Tuesday, the Al Sumaria News broadcaster claimed that the Daesh issued a statement confirming Baghdadi's death.

    "We do not have any more precise information. Indeed, the information is contradictory, our respective services are verifying it," Peskov told reporters.

    On June 16, the Russian Defense Ministry said Baghdadi was likely to be eliminated as a result of a Russian Aerospace Forces strike on a militant command post in the southern suburb of the city of Raqqa in late May. It noted that it was in the process of confirming the information through various channels.


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