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    Trump: 'Just Confirmed al-Baghdadi's Number One Replacement Has Been Terminated by US Troops'

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    According to the White House, the head of the Daesh* terror group Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was killed on Sunday during a raid by the US military in Idlib, Syria.

    US President Donald Trump announced on Tuesday that the "number one replacement" for the Daesh* leadership had been eliminated by American forces.

    He didn't mention the name of the eliminated person or the place where the operation was carried out. According to various reports, the terror organisation named former Iraqi officer Abdullah Qardash (also known as Hajji Abdullah al-Afari) as their new leader, but it is not clear if the US president meant him.

    Trump previously specified the details of the operation against the Daesh leader, noting that the jihadist "died after running into a dead-end tunnel, whimpering and crying and screaming all the way".

    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
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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

    Several states, including Russia, earlier noted that it wasn't obvious if the terrorist had really been killed, as there had been numerous reports of Baghdadi's death in the past, and all seemed to be premature.

    *Daesh (also known as ISIS/ISIL/IS) is a terrorist group banned in Russia.

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