US-led Coalition Denies 'Sadly False' Reports of Holding al-Baghdadi at its Base

US-led Coalition Denies
# 18 December 2017 20:50 (UTC +04:00)

A US-led coalition representative has denied reports on the alleged capture of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi by US servicemen as "sadly false," adding that the Operation Inherent Resolve currently is not aware of the whereabouts of the Daesh terrorist group's leader, APA reports quoting sputniknews.

"Be assured that if his whereabouts were known, he would be already dead or in custody, pending war crime charges," Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve Public Affairs Office told Sputnik.

The coalition referred to the unconfirmed report by Turkish media outlet Yeni Safak, claiming that al-Baghdadi had been captured by US forces in Iraq and then brought to the US base in Ras al-Ayn, Syria.