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US has no proof IS leader Baghdadi is dead: Mattis

AFP  |  Washington 

Pentagon chief Jim Mattis said today he cannot confirm whether or not Islamic State chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is dead, after reports from Syria that the jihadist leader had been killed.

"If we knew, we would tell you -- right now, I can't confirm or deny it," Mattis said.


"Our approach is we assume he's alive until it's proven otherwise, and right now I can't prove it otherwise."

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a longtime conflict monitor, said earlier this week it had heard from senior IS leaders in Syria's Deir Ezzor province that Baghdadi was dead.

There was no official confirmation or denial of the on IS-run outlets.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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