CONFIRMED: IS Leader Al-Baghdadi Is Dead
Islamic State terrorist group, IS is losing on all fronts.
Last week, it suffered a heavy defeat in the hands of Iraqi military in a fight for their Mosul base.
And now, it has confirmed that its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi had died.
Al-Baghdadi had previously been reported to have been killed by Russian bomb on June 16, but there was no confirmation.
But a news media, Al Sumeria, reported Tuesday, citing an IS statement that Al-Baghdadi was indeed dead and that his successor would be named soon.
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 said if Al-Baghdadi is confirmed dead, he is likely to be succeeded by one of his top 2 lieutenants - Iyad Al-Obaidi and Ayad Al-Jumaili, both were army officers under late Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein.
Experts on Islamist groups said they see no clear successor but regard Al-Obaidi and Al-Jumaili as the leading contenders, though neither would be likely to assume Baghdadi’s title of “caliph” or overall commander of Muslims.