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Islamic State confirms its leader Baghdadi is dead - group's news agency Amaq

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Islamic State confirms its leader Baghdadi is dead - group's news agency Amaq
Late Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is seen in an undated picture released by the U.S. Department of Defense in Washington, U.S. October 30, 2019. U.S. Department of Defense/Handout via REUTERS.   -   Copyright  DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE(Reuters)
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CAIRO (Reuters) – The Islamic State militant group confirmed on Thursday its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has been killed, the group’s news agency Amaq said in an audio tape following a U.S. weekend raid.

The Sunni Muslim group also confirmed its spokesman Abu al-Hassan al-Muhajir was also dead, it said, adding that Ibrahim al-Quraishi had been appointed as new leader.

(Reporting by Hesham Abdulkhalek, Yousef Saba and Ulf Laessing)

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