Sulaimania, IRAQ, July 17 – A top Kurdish counter-terrorism official said on Monday he was 99 percent sure that Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was alive and located south of the Syrian city of Raqqa, after reports that he had been killed. “Baghdadi is definitely alive. He is not dead. We have information that
By Lisa Barrington and Ellen Francis CAIRO/BEIRUT, July 11 (Reuters) – The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights told Reuters on Tuesday that it had “confirmed information” that Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has been killed. The report came just days after the last sectors of the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, which Baghdadi’s forces
WASHINGTON, Dec 17 – The United States on Friday more than doubled its previous reward for information on Daesh leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, offering $25 million for information that would help locate, arrest or convict the head of the jihadist group. The U.S. State Department’s Rewards for Justice program previously offered $10 million for information
Daesh’s leadership flees as the Iraqi army pushes to regain the city By Suadad Al Salhy The policy to fight militant group Daesh in Iraq and Syria was a key part of the third and last U.S. presidential debate, held in Las Vegas on October 19. Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump made fun of the ample public warning
By Steve Gorman LOS ANGELES, Sept 27 – A would-be Daesh recruit from California was sentenced on Monday to 30 years in prison for his conviction on charges he sought to join the militant group in Syria and committed bank fraud to pay for a plane ticket there, federal prosecutors said. Nader Elhuzayel, 25, was
By Maher Chmaytelli and Isabel Coles ERBIL, Iraq, June 29 – It was barely more than a squiggle, but the mark of a single letter sprayed overnight on a wall in the heart of Daesh’s self-proclaimed caliphate was a daring act of dissent. The next day, ultra-hardline Daesh fighters came and scrubbed out the “M” —
By Phil Stewart and Warren Strobel WASHINGTON, March 9 – A Daesh commander described by the Pentagon as the group’s “minister of war” was likely killed in a U.S. air strike in Syria, U.S. officials said on Tuesday, in what would be a major victory in the United States’ efforts to strike the militant group’s leadership.