IS chief Baghdadi’s youngest son killed in Syria, says Iraqi commander

The leader of Isis, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, declared the formation of the group’s caliphate from a mosque in Mosul in 2014 ( AP )

Baghdad ( – The youngest son of Islamic State chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was killed in a Russian airstrike on a Syrian village last Friday, an Iraqi commander said Sunday.

“We received certain information that the youngest son of IS chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was killed in an airstrike conducted by Russia on a terrorist hideout in a Syrian village two days ago,” Iraqi website Baghdad Today quoted Jabbar al-Ma’mori, a commander in the paramilitary Popular Mobilization Forces, as saying.

Today’s announcement comes a few months after another son of al-Baghdadi was announced dead following a fight with Syrian and Russian troops at a power station in central Homs province.

According to sources, al-Baghdadi has four sons from one wife and a son from another wife.

Al-Baghdadi has been reported killed or wounded on a number of occasions.

No reports about al-Baghdadi have been heard since September 2017, when he urged supporters to wage attacks against the West and keep fighting in Syria and neighboring Iraq.

Al-Baghdadi emerged as leader of al-Qaeda in Iraq, one of the groups that later became Islamic State, in 2010. In October 2011, the US officially designated al-Baghdadi as a terrorist. It has offered a reward of up to $25m (£19.6m) for information leading to his capture or death.

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