• Egypt jihadists vow loyalty to Islamic State

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    BAGHDAD: The leader of the Islamic State organization won the allegiance of Egypt’s deadliest militant group on Monday as Iraqi authorities investigated reports he had been killed or wounded in a US air strike. Ansar Beit al-Maqdis, which has carried out a string of deadly attacks from its stronghold in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula, said it was pledging its loyalty to the self-declared IS “caliph,” Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. Speculation has swirled that Baghdadi was killed or wounded in a US strike on jihadist leaders in northern Iraq on Friday, but officials said there was no confirmation.

    AFP

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