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U.S.-led anti-IS coalition cannot confirm Russian report on Baghdadi
June 16, 2017 / 8:12 AM / 5 months ago

U.S.-led anti-IS coalition cannot confirm Russian report on Baghdadi

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - The U.S.-led coalition battling Islamic State said on Friday it could not confirm a Russian report that the leader of the jihadist group, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, may have been killed in a Russian air strike in Syria.

FILE PHOTO: A man purported to be the reclusive leader of the militant Islamic State Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi making what would have been his first public appearance, at a mosque in the centre of Iraq's second city, Mosul, according to a video recording posted on the Internet on July 5, 2014, in this still image taken from video. REUTERS/Social Media Website via Reuters TV/File Photo

“We cannot confirm,” coalition spokesman Colonel John Dorrian told Reuters.

The Russian defence ministry earlier said it was seeking confirmation that al-Baghdadi had been killed in a strike in late May near the Syrian city of Raqqa.

Reporting by Maher Chmaytelli; Editing by Gareth Jones

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