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  • Baghdadi's aide was key to his capture

    Baghdadi would sometimes hold strategy talks with his commanders in moving minibuses packed with vegetables in order to avoid detection, Ismael al-Ethawi told officials after he was arrested by Turkish authorities and handed to the Iraqis.

  • Islamic State Chief Baghdadi dead in United States military raid

    Baghdadi dead in US military raid

    Fugitive Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi died “whimpering and crying” in a raid by US special forces in northwest Syria, President Donald Trump announced yesterday, fulfilling what he called his top national security goal.

  • Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi

    IS chief Baghdadi killed: Syrian Observatory

    The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights tells Reuters that it had "confirmed information" that Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has been killed.

  • Russia claims to have killed IS leader Baghdadi

    Russia's Defense Ministry says it was checking information that a Russian air strike near the Syrian city of Raqqa may have killed Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in late May.

  • UN unites against Islamic State

    The UN Security Council has unanimously adopted a resolution to "redouble" action against Islamic State, following last week's deadly attacks in Paris. The French-drafted document urges UN members to "take all necessary measures" in the fight against IS.

  • Paris attack: Iraq warned of IS attack one day before

    Senior Iraqi intelligence officials warned coalition countries of imminent assaults by the Islamic State group just one day before last week's deadly attacks in Paris killed 129 people, according to reports.

  • Islamic State figures killed in air strike

    Eight senior figures from Islamic State were killed in an air strike while meeting in a town in western Iraq, but the group's reclusive leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi did not appear to be among them.

  • IS 'deputy' killed in air strike, US says

    A deputy leader of Islamic State (IS), Fadhil Ahmad al-Hayali, has been killed in a US military strike in northern Iraq, the White House says.

  • IS leader Baghdadi 'raped American aid worker'

    Kayla Mueller, who was killed in February while held hostage by Islamic State (IS) militants in Syria, was sexually abused by the group's top leader.

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    Islam is religion of fighting, not peace: IS leader

    The Islamic State group on Thursday released an audio message purportedly from its leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who has not been seen or heard from in months.