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Mon Jul 17, 2017, 10:30 AM

Islamic State leader Baghdadi almost certainly alive - Kurdish security official

Source: Reuters

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JULY 17, 2017 / 3:22 AM / AN HOUR AGO

Exclusive: Islamic State leader Baghdadi almost certainly alive - Kurdish security official

Sulaimania, IRAQ (Reuters) - A top Kurdish counter-terrorism official said on Monday he was 99 percent sure that Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was alive and located south of the Syrian city of Raqqa, after reports that he had been killed.

"Baghdadi is definitely alive. He is not dead. We have information that he is alive. We believe 99 percent he is alive," Lahur Talabany told Reuters in an interview.

"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."

Iraqi security forces have ended three years of Islamic State rule in the Iraqi city of Mosul, and the group is under growing pressure in Raqqa - both strongholds in the militants' crumbling self-proclaimed caliphate.

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Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-iraq-baghdadi-idUSKBN1A20JD

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