"Islamic State Leader Baghdadi Is Still Alive" Iraq, Kurds Claim

Tyler Durden's picture

Less than a week after Reuters confirmed a previous report from the Russian foreign ministry, that Islamic State head Aby Bakr al-Baghdadi had been killed during an airstrike in Syria, conflicting reports have emerged about Baghdadi's death, with the Iraqi interior ministry first cited by Al-Arabiya that the terrorist group head is "likely still alive and hiding near Raqqa", and subsequently a top Kurdish counter-terrorism official echoing the same, and telling Reuters that "he was 99 percent sure that Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was alive and located south of the Syrian city of Raqqa, after reports that he had been killed."

"Baghdadi is definitely alive. He is not dead. We have information that he is alive. We believe 99 percent he is alive," Lahur Talabany told Reuters in an interview, adding "don't forget his roots go back to al Qaeda days in Iraq. He was hiding from security services. He knows what he is doing."

By now, however, it no longer matters whether the "leader" is alive or dead: after Iraqi security forces retook Mosul from ISIS control last week, and the group under growing pressure in Raqqa, ISIS is scattered and on the run. If anything, Baghdadi has become a liability to others and himself.

Recall that it was the Islamic State which originally reported Baghdadi's death, perhaps as a means of easing the blow from the ongoing ISIS failure:

"Daesh organisation (IS) circulated a brief statement through its media in the (IS-held) town of Tal Afar in the west of Mosul, confirming the killing of its leader al-Baghdadi without giving further details," Xinhua news agency cited Iraqi news agency al-Sumaria News as saying. "Daesh called on the (IS) militants to continue their steadfastness in the redoubts of the caliphate and not being dragged behind the sedition."

Still, Talabany said the Islamic State was shifting tactics despite low morale and it would take three or four years to eliminate the group. After defeat, Islamic State would wage an insurgency and resemble al-Qaeda on "steroids", he said. Which likely means more unrest in Europe.

As Reuters also adds, the future leaders of Islamic State were expected to be intelligence officers who served under former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein, the men credited with devising the group's strategy.

Meanwhile, the Kremlin which originally reported news of Baghdadi's death now appears to be backing off, with spokesman Dmitry Peskov saying the Kremlin has "no precise info on ISIL leader al-Baghdadi's death", adding that "conflicting reports on the matter keep coming."

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Looney's picture


Al Baghdadi, if he’s still alive, should be getting a few plastic surgeries: a facelift, boob implants, and a brand new vulva.  ;-)


nope-1004's picture

Isn't he like the third Al Baghdadi to die?  I remember Bush 1 claiming killing someone by the same name.

I got a feeling the same names are just recycled. 

Jim in MN's picture

I read this headline and thought "What, were things in Iraqisyriastan making too much sense for a couple of days???"


froze25's picture

Funny, when this was reported I said, "Isn't this the 10th time this guy has died?" Looks like we will have an 11th. McCain must be overjoyed by this great news.

laser's picture

He's probably holding McCain's hand while he heals.

Billy the Poet's picture
Baghdadi Is Still Alive


Papa's got a brand new bag.

Urban Roman's picture

He's shorter now, and has a different color beard, but the CIA has done voiceprints and verified that it is the same Bagdaddy.

DinduNuffin's picture

they all look the same to me

eforce's picture

He works for Mossad, of course he's alive.

WTFRLY's picture


HowdyDoody's picture

The Kurds say (((Baghdadi))) still alive? I guess they would know best.

Déjà view's picture

Takes a licking...keeps on ticking...

Delving Eye's picture

Can't find his Facebook page.

bamawatson's picture

baghdadies never die; they just smell that way

JRev's picture

Yup. He's been announced "dead" a few times - back in 2006 when he (or someone with that name) was supposedly a low-level Al-CIAda jihadist. He was captured again in 2007, killed that same year, re-arrested in 2009, supposedly killed again in 2010.

The plot begins to thicken when one realizes the US Military originally identified the "ISI leader" (they were still working out the code names, I guess) as Abu OMAR Al-Baghdadi, since telling Reuters this high-level "terrorist" was COMPLETELY MADE UP: 


So are Abu Omar and Abu Bakr one and the same? Are there just dozens of guys using the same name? Do they even exist at all? My money's on the latter.

HowdyDoody's picture

I guess they couldn't use the traditional name for the mysterious and possibly fictional enemy of the state.

BrownCoat's picture

Perhaps those bearded Muzzies all look alike.


As I recall, Saddam Hussein had more than one body double.

curbjob's picture

I heard he's a new man ... he bought Harry's razors on Amazon Prime after seeing the pop-up ad on ZH

shovelhead's picture

Uses a lot of address updates.

ceilidh_trail's picture

His moniker here was Robotrader.

83_vf_1100_c's picture

Bagdaddio  needs to get hip to uBlock.

Avatar Of Failure's picture

Hymen,don't forget the hymen.

tmosley's picture

I'm sure they will pull him out of the freezer and dump him in the sea whenever they need to shave 25% of the silver price in a single night.

Bill of Rights's picture

Is he a " SUPER VILLAIN! "

Jim in MN's picture

God knows the Deep State needs 'em

Aristofani's picture

He wanted to wear the same clothes as Austin Powers, but centcom and the cia wouldnt let him.

Jim in MN's picture

Caliphate, shmaliphate......

smacker's picture

Al Baghdadi's already lying on Miami Beach with a gin and tonic in hand and a few teenage boys to keep him company.

Yellow Zookaninnie's picture

Nah. He's at McCain's place in Arizona - he likes the desert. But the boys, Oh yeah. plus Miss Lindsey.

shovelhead's picture

He's hanging out in a Lebanese strip joint with Osama.

Infinite QE's picture

Relaxing at a resort in Tel Aviv.

Blanco Diablo's picture

Abu Jihad John Baghdadi underwent surgery Friday at Phoenix's Mayo Clinic to remove a blood clot from above his left eye and will recover at home in his Arizonia Caliphate attended by Sultana Lindsay Sarsour Gayham. Abu Jihad John will resume his ISIS duties soon.

fannyplucker's picture

He must be safely hiding in KSA or Pakistan

Lost in translation's picture

Turns out he was at an undisclosed location in Fairfax County for a meeting with Jim Rickards.

rejected's picture

Anybody really care?

I mean really,,, sigh.

RagaMuffin's picture

Just give him the job as the EvereReady rabbit..............

JB Say's picture

I say we take off and nuke the entire site from orbit. Its the only way to be sure.

actionjacksonbrownie's picture

Can we put the bullseye on your neighbour's house? I heard he is a really BAD guy.

spanish inquisition's picture

The US will "kill" him later, take the credit, dispose of the body at sea.

Aristofani's picture

and terrorism just kept on growing....

Dead or alive, who cares? Probably those who are fooled by the game.

silverer's picture

I smell fake news. Somebody's BS-ing here. You can't be dead and alive at the same time, unless your name is Dr. Manhattan.

roadhazard's picture

Captain Jack Harkness comes close.

opport.knocks's picture

Someome saw him at a meeting of the Israeli Screen Actors Guild. I always laughed at his videos, there were never any shots of him and his minions together. They should have given Rita Katz a bigger budget.

redmudhooch's picture

No Bagdaddy = No Ceasefire

Score 1 for Deep State!

Youri Carma's picture

Or like Keyser Soze you can't kill Baghdaddy because he doesn't exist. He's a CIA/Mossad (novelists) cointelpro invention.

Does ISIS really have SEVEN-FOOT tall executioners? Parts of grisly film showing beheading of 21 Christians were faked, claim experts http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2963039/Does-Isis-really-army-se...

JRev's picture

"The greatest trick the intelligence agencies ever pulled was convincing the world they weren't the devil."