Top US commander: No evidence ISIS's leader Baghdadi is still alive

17 Juillet, 2017, 15:54 | Auteur: Edgar Lajoie
  • Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al Baghdadi ‘is definitely alive’ Kurdish official

"We assume he's alive until it's proven otherwise".

Importantly, credit goes to my successor, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Joseph Dunford for not only continuing this military campaign but also continuing to seek ways to accelerate it. And then there are the superb military commanders: the U.S. Central Command's Joe Votel, campaign leaders Sean McFarland and Steve Townsend, and a host of others.

Still, Talabany said ISIS was shifting tactics despite low morale and it would take another three or four years to eliminate the group. Now it is surrounded by Shiite militias, and although there has not yet been a decision on whether they or the Iraqi army will undertake the offensive, Tal Afar could ignite future sectarian tensions.

Al-Tunisi has been very close to al-Baghdadi, who named him last year as the IS leader in Libya, believing that he was able to win battles and maintain good relations with other extremist groups in North Africa, Al Arabia reported.

In 2011, the Department of State designated Al-Baghdadi as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist under Executive Order 13224. "Unless these backers stop [their support], there will not be an end to the terror group", he said.

Baghdadi might be a man on the run, but remains as elusive as ever.

"I really don't know". "We will verify it. We will look at the intelligence available. and we will give a statement when we have the requisite facts", he added.

He was last seen in public in 2014 after his group captured Mosul when he announced the creation of the so-called caliphate in both Syria and Iraq.

It continued with al-Qaida, which launched terrorist attacks in the West to destabilize and weaken regimes. Obaidi has allegedly withdrawn from the group with a large number of followers.

Al-Tunisi, whose real name is Mohamed Ben Salem al-Ayouni, was born in 1982 in the Masaken region of the coastal province of Sousse in Tunisia.

But Lahur Talabany told Reuters today: "Baghdadi is definitely alive, he is not dead".

Its stronghold in Syria, Raqqa, is also expected to fall soon. While pastas and whole grain rice are the more popular forms of carbohydrates, you should not force your body to accept them just a day before the marathon. "Even though they have lost almost all of Mosul and they are getting ready to lose Raqqa as well", the Kurdish official said. Western leaders should pay close attention to the group's response to this crisis, as it has the potential to increase the threat of terrorist attacks in their countries.

At the height of its power two years ago, Islamic State ruled over millions of people in territory running from northern Syria through towns and villages along the Tigris and Euphrates river valleys to the outskirts of the Iraqi capital Baghdad.