On July 11, 2017, on air of the Al Sumaria TV channel, militants from the terrorist organization Islamic State (ISIS) announced the death of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, Interfax-Ukraine reported.
ISIS made a brief statement about the death of their leader without specifying the details and called on their supporters to continue the fight.
Reportedly, the last time al-Baghdadi appeared in public in 2014 in Mosul. Since then, the Islamic State has been defeated in Mosul and has been almost squeezed out of Raqqa, the two main IS cities in Iraq and Syria.
The wounds and deaths of al-Baghdadi have been reported many times, the last time in June 2017, it was done by the Iranian media, which distributed pictures confirming the death of al-Baghdadi.
The al-Baghdadi’s group, which at one time broke away from al-Qaeda, has seized part of Syria and Iraq since 2014, declaring this territory to be an "Islamic State", Raqqa its capital, and al-Baghdadi “its caliph Ibrahim".
As Al-Qaeda's key al-Qaeda leaders have been destroyed, al-Baghdadi became target number 1 for US intelligence agencies and a number of other countries involved in the anti-terrorist coalition. For information about his whereabouts, the US offered $ 25 million, but it was not possible to trace his movements around the IS-controlled area.
Experts expect that one of its "substitutes," former Iraqi officer, Iyad al-Obaidi or Ayad al-Dzhumayli, may become the next leader of the Islamic State terrorist group.
Earlier, QHA reported that on July 9, the armed forces of Iraq took control of the city of Mosul, which had been occupied by the IS militants for three years.