ISIS distributing leaflets over fate of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi
A local source in Nineveh province said that ISIS has distributed thousands of leaflets and made public announcements through laud-speakers in the town of Tal Afar that it will soon release very important statement about its chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi (Ibrahim Awad Ibrahim al-Badri).
The Arabic-language al-Sumeriyeh news quoted the source as saying that the ISIS has distributed leaflets in most of Tal Afar’s mosques and is main posts, calling on members to wait for a very important news about the fate of their leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
Al-Sumeriyeh further added that no one is informed of content of the statement, but one can understand that it might be an endorsement of earlier news about al-Baghdadi’s death as tensions and riots are erupting in ISIS-held region.
The source said that ISIS will possibly confirm or reject the report in coming days.
The Russian Defense Ministry reported last week that ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi might be killed as a result of a Russian airstrike South of Raqqa in late May.
The IIS leader might be alongside other leaders of the extremist group and 330 terrorists killed in the air raid.
“As a result of the Su-35 and Su-34 airstrikes, high-ranking commanders of the terrorist groups who were part of the so-called ISIS military council, as well as about 30 mid-level field commanders and up to 300 militants of their personal security, have been killed,” the ministry said in a statement.
Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi (Ibrahim Awad Ibrahim al-Badri), also known as Abu Dua, was born in 1971 in the city of Samarra in Iraq.
According to media reports, al-Baghdadi was brought up in a religious family. His relatives were famous preachers and specialists of the Arabic language, rhetoric and logic. He received a PhD in Islamic law from the University of Baghdad.
Al-Baghdadi was proclaimed the caliph of ISIS, a “caliphate” created on the territories ISIS managed to seize in Syria and Iraq in late June 2014.
Reports of al-Baghdadi’s death repeatedly appear in the world media. His death was reported in November 2014, April 2015, June, October and December 2016 and January 2017.
According to reports, ISIS members live in fear and anxiety after they heard news about the Syrian army’s intensified operations in Deir Ezzur, Hama, Homs and Raqqa and Iraqi Army’s advances inside Mosul as well as reports that the terrorist group’s leader has been killed in an air raid in Raqqa.