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ISIS leader Baghdadi’s youngest son killed in Syria, reports claim

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The youngest son of ISIS mastermind Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is killed in a Russian airstrike in Syria, months after another of his sons died fighting for the extremist group in Syria, claimed media reports.

On Sunday IraqiNews.com website quoted Jabbar al-Mamori, a commander in the paramilitary Popular Mobilization Forces as saying: “We received certain information that the youngest sons of ISIS chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was killed in an airstrike conducted by Russia on a terrorist hideout in a Syrian village two days ago.”

According to sources, al-Baghdadi has four sons from one wife and one son from another wife.

The commander did not name Baghdadi’s son or give his age.

The news comes a few months after ISIS said that Hudhayfah al-Badri, another of Baghdadi’s five children was killed fighting for the extremist group against Syrian and Russian troops at a power station in central Homs provinc.

Baghdadi himself has been reported killed or injured on a number of occasions.

No reports about al-Baghdadi have been heard since September, 2017, when he urged supporters to wage attacks against the west and keep fighting in Syria and Iraq, according to Iraqinews report.

In May an Iraqi intelligence official said that al-Baghdadi is understood to be hiding in Syrian territory close to the Iraqi border.

ISIS declared a cross-border ‘caliphate’ in Syria and Iraq in 2014, seizing a third of Iraq during a sweeping offensive.

The extremist group have since lost much ground to separate counter-offensives by Syrian and Iraqi forces as well as US-led operations, and the extremist presence is now confined to a few holdouts.