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Syrian Observatory For Human Rights Claims ISIS Leader Has Been Killed

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) claims it has received “confirmed information” from Islamic State leadership that ISIS founder Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has been killed.

The report is the latest in a series of recent claims regarding al-Baghdadi’s status. A Pentagon spokesman told Reuters that the U.S. has received no information that confirms the report.

“[We have] confirmed information from leaders, including one of the first rank, in the Islamic State in the eastern countryside of Deir al-Zor,” SOHR director Rami Abdulrahman told Reuters, adding that the sources “did not specify when” the death took place.

The Russian defense ministry released a statement June 16 claiming al-Baghdadi died in a May 28 airstrike in Raqqa, Syria. (RELATED: Russia Claims It Killed ISIS Leader Baghdadi In Airstrike)

“According to the information that is being verified through various channels, IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi also attended the meeting and was killed in the airstrike,” the ministry said in a statement, according to the Associated Press.

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