Pentagon Chief Jim Mattis Said   Thinks IS Leader Baghdadi Is Alive

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updated:July 22,2017 15:40 IST

U.S. Defense Minister Jim Mattis speaks during the Munich Security Conference in Munich, southern Germany, Friday, Feb. 17, 2017. (Photo | AP)
U.S. Defense Minister Jim Mattis speaks during the Munich Security Conference in Munich, southern Germany, Friday, Feb. 17, 2017. (Photo | AP)

WASHINGTON: Pentagon boss Jim Mattis said Friday that he trusts Islamic State boss Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is as yet alive, after different cases he was dead.

“I believe Baghdadi’s alive… furthermore, I’ll accept generally when we know we’ve slaughtered him,” Mattis disclosed to Pentagon journalists.

“We are following him, yet we accept he is alive.”

There have been constant bits of gossip that Baghdadi has kicked the bucket lately.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a long-term struggle screen, a week ago said it had gotten notification from senior IS pioneers in Syria’s Deir Ezzor region that Baghdadi was dead.

Russia’s armed force said in mid-June that it was trying to confirm whether it had murdered the IS boss in a May air strike in Syria.

With a $25 million US abundance on his head, Baghdadi has stayed under the radar yet was reputed to move frequently all through IS-a held area in Iraq and Syria.

The Iraqi local has not been seen since showing up as “caliph” in 2014 at the Grand Mosque of Al-Nuri in Mosul, which was obliterated in the fight for Iraq’s second city.