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The 46-year-old chief of Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militant group Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is once again reported to be dead, marking the sixth time news has come of his demise.
However, this may as well be the final time al-Baghdadi is reported dead, as now confirmation news has come directly from top tier ISIS commanders.
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"Top tier commanders from ISIS who are present in Deir Ezzor province have confirmed the death of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, emir of the ISIS group, to the Observatory," director Rami Abdel Rahman told news agencies, adding that the terrorist group did not confirm date or cause of Baghdadi's death.
The Iraqi-born leader of ISIS al-Baghdadi made his sole public appearance in 2014 when he declared himself to be the head of the caliphate at the Grand Mosque of Al-Nuri in Mosul and had not been seen since then, although rumours continued of sightings of the ISIS head.
Here is a look at 5 other times al-Baghdadi has been declared dead:
23 June 2017
The head of defence committee of Russia's parliamentary house confirmed that 'the likelihood of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi being killed is close to 100 percent' on June 23.
16 June 2017
The Defence Ministry of Russia claimed that there was a possibility that Baghdadi had been killed during one of its air strikes that hit a congregation of ISIS leaders on the borders of Syria's Raqqa city
12 June 2017
Syrian television channels reported that the ISIS chief Baghdadi had been killed in an airstrike.
28 May 2017
The Russian Defence Ministry claimed that Baghdadi was killed during airstrikes conducted in Syria on May 28.
12 June 2016
A Turkish daily Yenis Safak claimed that Baghdadi was killed in a US airstrike in Raqqa and images showing him dead also surfaced, however, the images were later found to have been digitally manipulated.
The recent claim is reportedly more reliable as for the first time the ISIS group itself has admitted the death of Baghdadi.