WITH GLOBAL JI­HADI NET­WORK, IS­LAMIC STATE IS LIKELY TO STAY

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The mix of a lo­cal in­sur­gency and dig­i­tally connected global ji­hadis gives the group stay­ing power and the means to re­launch its fu­ture, from small cells of ter­ror­ists to those who never went there in the first place.»

A group that mon­i­tors the war in Syria said Tues­day it has “con­firmed in­for­ma­tion” about the death of Abu Bakr al-Bagh­dadi, the leader of the Is­lamic State, cit­ing in­for­ma­tion re­ceived from the mil­i­tants in east­ern Syria.

Bagh­dadi’s death has been ru­mored nu­mer­ous times in the past, and it was not im­me­di­ately pos­si­ble to in­de­pen­dently ver­ify the claim. There also were no im­me­di­ate an­nounce­ments from the Is­lamic State’s news chan­nels.

U.S. Cen­tral Com­mand said: “We can­not con­firm this re­port, but hope it is true.”

The mon­i­tor­ing group the Syr­ian Ob­ser­va­tory for Hu­man Rights is based in Bri­tain and re­lies on a net­work of ac­tivists in Syria for its re­port­ing. The group’s di­rec­tor said Is­lamic State lead­ers had con­firmed Bagh­dadi’s death to the Ob­ser­va­tory’s ac­tivists in the Syr­ian prov­ince of Deir al-Zour.

A post on the group’s web­site said it “con­firmed in­for­ma­tion ... about the death” of Bagh­dadi, whose real name is Awwad Ibrahim Ali al-Badri al-Sa­mar­rai.

His ap­par­ent death or cap­ture has been as­serted sev­eral times in the past decade as his break­away al-Qaida fac­tion grad­u­ally formed into the core of the Is­lamic State. But the var­i­ous re­ports later proved false or could not be sub­stan­ti­ated. — The Washington Post

Mil­i­tant video

As far back as 2012, Iraqi of­fi­cials claimed that they had cap­tured Abu Bakr al-Bagh­dadi, pic­tured above, in Bagh­dad.

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