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IS chief Baghdadi ‘probably still alive’, says US commander

Contradicting Russia’s claims that it probably killed the top terror target in Syria in May

Elusive leader of Islamic State (IS) Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is probably still alive and likely hiding in the Middle Euphrates River Valley, a senior US general said on Thursday.

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi may be hiding in a remote border area between Iraq and Syria, said Gen Stephen Townsend, who commands the coalition forces fighting IS in Iraq and Syria.

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