Baghdadi alive and located south of Raqqa, says top Kurdish counter-terrorism official

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The leader of the militant Islamic State Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has made what would be his first public appearance at a mosque in the centre of Iraq's second city, Mosul, according to a video recording posted on the Internet on July 5, 2014, in this still image taken from video. There had previously been reports on social media that Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi would make his first public appearance since his Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) changed its name to the Islamic State and declared him caliph. The Iraqi government denied that the video, which carried Friday's date, was credible. It was also not possible to immediately confirm the authenticity of the recording or the date when it was made.05/07/2014 IRAQ-MOSUL /AY-COLLECTION_1445.09/Credit:AY-COLLECTION/SIPA/1407061450 (Sipa via AP Images)

SULAIMANIA: The top Kurdish counter-terrorism official said on Monday he was 99% sure that Islamic State leader Abu Bakr alBaghdadi was alive and located south of the Syrian city of Raqqa, after speculation that he had been killed, reported Reuters.

Lahur Talabany also told Reuters that after defeat Islamic State would wage an insurgency and resemble alQaeda on ‘steroids’.

The future leaders of Islamic State were expected to be intelligence officers who served under former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein, the men credited with devising the group’s strategy.

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Story first published: 17th July 2017

Originally Posted on SamaaNews

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