IS chief Baghdadi likely still alive – US general

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WASHINGTON, D.C.: Elusive Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is probably still alive and likely hiding in the Middle Euphrates River Valley, a senior US general said Thursday. “We’re looking for him every day. I don’t think he’s dead,” Lt. Gen. Stephen Townsend, commander of the counter-IS coalition in Iraq and Syria, told reporters in a conference call. Townsend admitted he didn’t “have a clue” where Baghdad is precisely, but believes he may have fled with many other IS soldiers into the Middle Euphrates region stretching from Syria to Iraq, after coalition and local force assaults on the IS bastions of Mosul, Raqa and Tal Afar. “The last stand of ISIS will be in the Middle Euphrates River Valley,” Townsend said. “When we find him, I think we’ll just try to kill him first. It’s probably not worth all the trouble to try and capture him.”

AFP

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