Islamic State chief Baghdadi is 99% alive: Kurdish security official says

Abu-bakr-al-Baghdadi A top Kurdish counter-terrorism official said on Monday he was 99 percent sure that Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was alive and located south of the Syrian city of Raqqa, after reports that he had been killed.

“Baghdadi is definitely alive. He is not dead. We have information that he is alive. We believe 99 percent he is alive,” Lahur Talabany told Reuters in an interview.

“Don’t forget his roots go back to al Qaeda days in Iraq. He was hiding from security services. He knows what he is doing.”

Iraqi security forces have ended three years of Islamic State rule in the Iraqi city of Mosul, and the group is under growing pressure in Raqqa – both strongholds in the militants’ crumbling self-proclaimed caliphate.

Still, Talabany said Islamic State was shifting tactics despite low morale and it would take three or four years to eliminate the group.

After defeat, Islamic State would wage an insurgency and resemble al-Qaeda on “steroids”, he said.

The future leaders of Islamic State were expected to be intelligence officers who served under former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein, the men credited with devising the group’s strategy.

REUTERS

  • Niemals

    Probably reliable analysis of Kurdish security officer.
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/8713b1df7911aefb77cdf250a399b3de04be8ce20806e4d063b4e5de600d8edb.jpg Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi

    In 14 JUN 2016 “ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi ‘killed in US-led air strikes in Syria’ ” according to mirror.co.uk….

    Naturally according to Press TV (Jul 11, 2017) “After its collapse in Mosul, Daesh has announced that the Takfiri terror group’s leader Ibrahim al-Samarrai, aka Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, “has been killed,” a local source in Iraq’s Nineveh province says.”

  • Rascal

    I seen Elvis at MacDonalds last week. And they said he was dead.

  • Omega

    How many times have the Anglo-American-Israelis “killed” their agent al-Baghdadi so far?

    • vs

      Anyway he will be killed, dead or punished

    • Rainbow Sponge

      Bork.

  • Sex & Chocolate

    Abu bag of dog shit fantasy of self righteousness at the cost of thousands of innocent lives to accomplish NOTHING! evil doesn’t spread without followers, dumb ass followers that cant possibly think much of themselves not to take notice or question events that took place.