The leader of the Islamic state* Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, which the Ministry of defence of the Russian Federation buried a month ago is likely still alive and is located to the South of the city of raqqa, Reuters reports with reference to the head of the intelligence Department and group on combating terrorism in the regional government of Iraqi Kurdistan Lahur Talabani.
Talabani said he was confident that 99%. “Al-Baghdadi is definitely alive, not dead. We have information that he is alive. We are 99%”, – he said.
He added that al-Baghdadi used to hide from the security services since “al-Qaeda”* knows that it needs to do.
IG* changes the tactics, so that the liquidation group, he predicted, will take three or four years, after which the militants will go to guerrilla actions.
Exploration of Iraq has denied the information about the death of a terrorist the day before. As reported by the channel Al Arabiya, there stated that al-Baghdadi is alive and still hiding in Syria.
In the Kremlin do not have confirmation about the death of the leader of ISIS, said the press Secretary of the President Dmitry Peskov, answering the question, what has the Russian side
“Indeed, the information received is contradictory, and it
verified by our relevant services. Accurate information is not” – said Peskov (quoted by “Interfax”).
Earlier, on 11 July, the death of the leader of the IG confirmed the Syrian Supervisory Board for human rights, and Alsumaria TV channel reported on the statement of the IG, which the Islamists promised to soon name a successor to al-Baghdadi.
The Russian defense Ministry on June 16 officially announced that al-Baghdadi might be killed as a result of the impact of Air and space forces of Russia on may 28 in the southern outskirts of Raqqa.
In late June, Iranian television has distributed pictures of the dead man, outwardly similar to the leader of the IG*. Then the commander of the unit “Quds” Islamic revolutionary guard Corps of Iran, Ali Shirazi, in an interview with the Iranian website reported that the terrorist Baghdadi’s definitely dead.
Al-Baghdadi (Ibrahim Awad Ibrahim al-Badri) became known after July 2014 has declared an “Islamic Caliphate” in the middle East. They created “the Islamic state”* was the most bloody and influential terrorist group taking control of large areas in Syria and Iraq.
Media have repeatedly reported about the elimination of al-Baghdadi, but later this information was not confirmed.
*Islamic state (ISIS, ISIL, DAISH), “al-Qaeda” terrorist group banned in Russia.