ISIS confirms its leader Al-Baghdadi is dead

The Islamic State terrorist group (ISIS) has confirmed the death of its leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, an IS statement has reportedly stated.

Al Sumaria News broadcaster stated that Al-Baghdadi is dead and his successor will be named soon.

Russian Defence Ministry had said he was likely killed in a Russian Aerospace Forces strike on a militant command post in the southern suburb of the city of Raqqa.

The ministry noted that it was in the process of confirming the information through various channels.

Al-Baghdadi appeared in the media for the first time in 2014 when he declared the creation of a caliphate in the Middle East.

 Since then, the media outlets have reported several times about the death of the IS leader, though the information has never been confirmed.

Experts had said if Al-Baghdadi is confirmed dead, he is likely to be succeeded by one of his top two lieutenants.

Iyad Al-Obaidi and Ayad Al-Jumaili, both were army officers under late Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein.

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