'Matter of time' before IS leader Baghdadi killed: Tillerson

AFP , Wednesday 22 Mar 2017

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson (Reuters)

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Wednesday that Islamic State group leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi will inevitably be killed as coalition and local forces continue to pile pressure on the militants in Syria and Iraq.

"Nearly all of Abu Bakr Baghdadi's deputies are now dead, including the mastermind behind the attacks in Brussels, Paris and elsewhere," Tillerson said at the start of a Washington summit for coalition members.

"It is only a matter of time before Baghdadi himself meets this same fate."

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