Iraqi intelligence officer claims Daesh leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is still alive

An Iraqi intelligence officer said Sunday that Daesh leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was still alive. 

“Al-Baghdadi is still hiding in Syria in an area outside [the northern Syrian province of] Raqqah,” Abu Ali al-Basri, the head of the intelligence and anti-terrorism department at the Iraqi Interior Ministry, told the local Al-Sabah newspaper.

On July 11, 2017 Iraqi forces find Daesh document confirming death of its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. Daesh terrorists confirmed the group leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is dead, Al Sumaria TV channel reports citing a source in the Iraqi province of Nineveh.

Also on July 11, 2017 the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says it has “confirmed information,” Islamic State leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi has been killed.

“(We have) confirmed information from leaders, including one of the first rank, in the Islamic State in the eastern countryside of Deir al-Zor,” the director of the British-based war monitoring group Rami Abdulrahman told Reuters.

Abdulrahman said Observatory sources in Syria’s eastern town of Deir al-Zor had been told by Islamic State sources that Baghdadi had died “but they did not specify when”, reported Reuters.