Islamic State leader's son killed in Syria fighting

An image taken from a July 2014 propaganda video allegedly shows Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi leader of the Islamic State jihadist group adressing worshippers at a mosque in the Iraqi city of Mosul at a time that the militants controlled the city

IS Announces Death of Leader al-Baghdadi's Son

Iraqi intelligence claimed on Wednesday that the son of Islamic State group leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was killed by Russian forces in a missile attack on a Syrian cave where he was hiding.

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi's fate details are not revealed.

Al-Badri was killed in an "operation against the Nussayriyyah and the Russians at the thermal power station in Homs", the group said in a statement that included a photo of a young man clutching an assault rifle. The graphic and accompanying statement were attributed to ISIS' Homs branch, Wilayah Hims, which said the son of the ISIS leader, or "khalifah", was killed battling supporters of the Syrian government.

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He is believed to have been born in the Iraqi city of Samarra, and some reports described his full name as ending in al-Samarrai, indicating roots to the ancient city.

ISIS declared a cross-border "caliphate" in Syria and Iraq in 2014, seizing a third of Iraq during a sweeping offensive - but the jihadists have since lost much ground to Syrian and Iraqi forces as well as US-led operations. The two-week long offensive has so far displaced up to 330 000 people, including some 60 000 at the sealed border with Jordan, the United Nations said on Tuesday.

Iraqi Christians attend a mass at Mar Toma church in Mosul on Sunday for the first time since the liberation of the city from Islamic State.

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He had spent six-seven years with the family and is in depression, Mohapatra said, adding he can help identify suspects, if any. On Tuesday, a four-member team from the crime branch visited the Bhatia house and searched the place for over an hour.

Those claims have been rejected by US officials and the whereabouts of the elusive leader remain unknown.

The offensive in southwestern Syria has shattered a year-long truce brokered by Russian Federation, the United States and Jordan.

Iraqi forces backed by Shia militias and Western air support have since driven ISIS from Mosul.

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Syrian refugees gather in their vehicles getting ready to cross into Syria from the eastern Lebanese border town of Arsal, Lebanon. He said regional powers should discuss mutual complaints and negotiate a compromise. The Beirut-based Al-Mayadeen TV, which aired the footage, said the weapons included Israeli and U.S. made weapons and communication devices.

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