Baghdadi alive and located south of Raqqa, says top Kurdish counter-terrorism official

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SULAIMANIA: The top Kurdish counter-terrorism official said on Monday he was 99% sure that Islamic State leader Abu Bakr alBaghdadi was alive and located south of the Syrian city of Raqqa, after speculation that he had been killed, reported Reuters.

Lahur Talabany also told Reuters that after defeat Islamic State would wage an insurgency and resemble alQaeda on ‘steroids’.

The future leaders of Islamic State were expected to be intelligence officers who served under former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein, the men credited with devising the group’s strategy.

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