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Wednesday, 15 June 2016 - 13:05
U.S. Can't Confirm Reports Islamic State Leader Killed
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The U.S.-led coalition fighting the Islamic State said today that it cannot confirm reports that Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi had been killed in a U.S. airstrike.

Army Col. Chris Garver, the top spokesman for the coalition in Iraq, told USA TODAY he was aware of the reports from the Islamic news agency Alhlul Bayt and other sources.

Garver said that, if true, al-Baghdadi's death would be welcome news but would not signal the end of the fight.

Alhlul Bayt reported that the militant leader had been killed in an air strike in the Raqqa, Syria.

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