US Can’t Confirm Death Of Islamic State Caliph

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The AhlulBayt News Agency is reporting the death of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi by US coalition airstrikes Sunday on Raqqa. The "official" terrorist news agency al-Amaq said in a video statement "Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has been killed by coalition airstrikes on Raqqa on the fifth day of Ramadan." 

US spokesman in Baghdad Col. Christopher C Garver told Fox News, "we have seen these types of reports before, here in Iraq and in other operations, and until we have confirmation, we are going to practice healthy skepticism." Most recent intelligence show Baghdadi continually changing location in an attempt to avoid being killed or captured by coalition forces.

However the International Business Times reports Charlie Winter, a research associate and jihadist movement expert at Georgia State University, claims the video is a fraud. "This 'IS statement' on Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi's death is one of the shoddiest fakes I've ever seen," he said.

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