There is no evidence that ISIS Top Leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is still alive, according to a top US general involved in US-led coalition operations against ISIS in Syria and Iraq.
On Tuesday, US Army Lt. Gen. Stephen Townsend told Pentagon reporters that he has not seen evidence that the top ISIS member is alive.
“I really don’t know. … I don’t have reason to believe that he’s alive. I don’t have proof of life,” Townsend said according to Politico.
Since June, reports have been circulating that al-Baghadi was killed in a Russian air strike on an ISIS command post in the province of Raqqah in May.
Earlier this week, Al Sumaria TV channel reported citing own source in Iraq that ISIS had released an internal statement confirming the death of al-Baghdadi.