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U.S. says has no information Baghdadi killed in Russian strike
June 16, 2017 / 1:37 PM / 5 months ago

U.S. says has no information Baghdadi killed in Russian strike

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Pentagon said on Friday it did not have information to support Moscow’s claims that its forces may have killed Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in an air strike near the Syrian city of Raqqa last month.

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/Files

“We have no information to corroborate those reports,” Pentagon spokesman Navy Captain Jeff Davis said.

Reporting by Phil Stewart; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama

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