Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi at a mosque in the centre of Iraq's second city - REUTERS/Social Media Website via Reuters TV
CAIRO - 11 July 2017: Islamic State (IS) terrorist group announced on Tuesday the death of its leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi, and that the group will shortly announce his new successor.
The statement continued calling its members to be stable in their strongholds, and not to be dragged behind the sedition demonstrating possibility of internal problems inside the group.
This came following arrival of Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi to Mosul on Sunday to congratulate the armed forces for their "victory" over IS after eight months of urban warfare, bringing an end to three years of jihadist rule in the city.
The battle of Mosul resumed for about nine months, causing many losses, death of civilians and more than 920,000 displaced.
Meanwhile, In June, The Russian Defense Ministry said that there is information indicating the killing of the leader of the organization by one of the Russian air force raids on the Syrian capital.
Al-Baghdadi, the world's most-wanted man has been rumored wounded or killed a number of times in the past, and while he was said to have left Mosul earlier this year , his whereabouts were never confirmed.
In 2014, he became the overlord of a jihadist state ruling over millions of inhabitants and has not been seen in public.