IS leader is ‘dead’

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CAIRO: The Syr­ian Ob­ser­va­tory for Hu­man Rights says it re­ceived “in­for­ma­tion con­firm­ing” the death of Is­lamic State (IS) leader Abu Bakr al-Bagh­dadi.

Rami Ab­del Rah­man, head of the Bri­tain-based Ob­ser­va­tory, said al-Bagh­dadi has died in Deir al-Zour prov­ince in east­ern Syria. The Ob­ser­va­tory’s state­ment comes one month af­ter it dis­puted Rus­sia’s claim that it could have killed al-Bagh­dadi in an air strike around the city of Raqqa on May 28. – dpa

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