According to an image being passed around on social media and on LiveLeak, the leader of terrorist group ISIS, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, is in fact dead and has been for some time.
Reports are numerous and impossible to confirm that, al-Baghdadi the proclaimed leader of the new Caliphate, was killed in an airstrike by Iraqi forces near Al Qaim.
If true, it poses the question about the video posted today on this blog and all over news media. Who the heck is the man pretending to be Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and if he is al-Baghdadi why does he look so different from photos of al-Baghdadi taken a few years earlier?
UPDATE via IraqiNews.com:
According to Al Sumaria news, the representative of the International Parliament in Iraq, Dr. Haidar al-Shara said, in an interview that “The Iraqi security forces carried out an operation in the city of Qaim on the border with Syria based on accurate intelligence and with the help of the Air Force where the leader of ISIL, Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi was seriously injured.”
Shara added that “after being hit, al-Baghdadi, with a range of elements of his organization fled into Syrian territory because of its proximity to Qaim,” indicating that “al-Baghdadi might be killed as a result of the severity of his injuries.”
According to Al Sumaria TV the Iraqi security sources speculated earlier today, Friday, that the injury of the leader of ISIL, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was incurred by aerial bombing carried out by Iraqi troops on Wednesday night, in Qaim in west of Anbar.