Isil leader Bagh­dadi ‘still alive’

The Daily Telegraph - - World News - By Josie En­sor and Luna Safwan in Beirut

THE leader of Isil, Abu Bakr al-bagh­dadi, is still alive and hid­ing in Syria de­spite Rus­sian re­ports of his death last month, Lahur Tal­a­bany, a Kur­dish counter-ter­ror­ism of­fi­cial, has said.

“Bagh­dadi is def­i­nitely alive. He is not dead. We have in­for­ma­tion that he is alive. We be­lieve 99 per cent he is alive,” Mr Tal­a­bany said yes­ter­day, adding that the leader of Is­lamic State of Iraq and the Le­vant was lo­cated some­where south of Raqqa, the cap­i­tal of the ji­hadist group’s so-called caliphate.

“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,” he said.

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