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Syrian President: "Reports about capture of ISIL leader Baghdadi not true"


Syrian President Bashar Assad denied reports of the capture of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the Islamic State terrorist organization, APA reports quoting Sputnik.

 

"That's not true. Anyway, those borders are under the control of [ISIL] till this moment, it's neither Syrian nor Russian, not even Western or American or any other one; it's only [ISIL] who's controlling those borders, so it's safe for al-Baghdadi to be in that area," Assad said in an interview with Sputnik.

 

A number of media outlets earlier reported that al-Baghdadi had been detained in Syria near the border with Iraq. This information has not been officially confirmed.

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