The Islamic State terrorist group (ISIS) has made a game-changing announcement about their leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, and it signifies and permanent shift in the war on terror.
Numerous reports over the past year have claimed that the leader of the most brutal terrorist group recent history has been killed in various way; however, none of them have been true. But this time around, things appear to be different as ISIS militants are finally admitting to al-Baghdadi’s death, the Daily Mail reported.
ISIS has finally admitted its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is dead, according to reports in Iraq.
The terror group is said to have confirmed that the 45-year-old was killed in an air strike in the Iraqi province of Nineveh.
Reports claim ISIS fanatics are scrambling to find a successor to the terror chief, who announced the formation of the group’s so-called caliphate in Mosul in 2014.
A ban on jihadis talking about the leader’s death has now been lifted, according to a source who spoke to Iraqi media.
If confirmed, his death would mark another devastating blow to the jihadist group after its loss of Mosul, which Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said Monday had been retaken from ISIS after a gruelling months-long campaign.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights war monitor said today that it also had information from top ISIS group leaders confirming the death.
‘Top tier commanders from IS who are present in Deir Ezzor province have confirmed the death of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, emir of the Islamic State group, to the Observatory,’ director Rami Abdel Rahman told AFP.
‘We learned of it today but we do not know when he died or how.’
Granted, the Pentagon has stated that it doesn’t have any information to corroborate the claims. However, deputy assistant to President Trump, Sebastian Gorka, said that the administration is going to be investigating and verifying the claims for themselves.
“We will verify it. We will look at the intelligence available … and we will give a statement when we have the requisite facts,” Gorka said.
The latest reports of al-Baghdadi’s death came amid a Russian bombing campaign in late May near the ISIS stronghold of Raqqa, Syria, where group leaders had met to discuss plans to vacate the region. Apparently, the reports were true, or at least ISIS is saying they are, and while they’re not exactly trustworthy, admitting to the death of their leader is a massive blow to the group whether true or not as it shows their god isn’t exactly protecting them.