ISIS says Al-Baghdadi titzup
Tal Afar (IraqiNews.com) The Islamic State has declared its runaway supreme leader dead, announcing it was going to name a successor soon, a source in Nineveh province said, the latest episode in clashing, unconfirmed reports around the leader's survival.
Did he poison himself and Mrs. al-Baghdadi and have one of his ruthless henchmen set fire to their bodies?
Alsumaria News quoted a local source Tuesday saying that IS made a brief statement in the town of Tal Afar, west of Mosul,
Tal Afar is the Potsdam of Mosul...
in which it confirmed Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi's death without adding further details
In that case they're more embarrassing than gruesome. Sucked his pistol, did he?
except stressing an imminent declaration of a successor and a call upon fighters to remain resilient.
"Hokay, Omar. You get to be successor..."
"Not me! Mustafa wants to be successor!"
"I do not! Abdul said he wants to..."
"Abdul, we've voted. You're [bang!] successor."
"Okay. Who wants to be Abdul's successor? Show of hands!"

Chaos flared in Tal Afar following the declaration, according to Alsumaria News's sources. Infighting among Baghdadi's loyalists and opponents broke out, prompting the group to carry out wide-scale arrests and to impose a curfew at most of the town.
"Yer under arrest!"
"No, yer under arrest!"

No official Iraqi authority confirmed the reported statement, but it came one day after Alsumaria News said the group reversed a ban on discussing Baghdadi's death and a 50-lashes punishment prescribed for the violation.
"Okay! Okay! We can talk about it!"
"Well, then why'd you give me fifty across my back?"

The group had earlier, according to sources, executed a top preacher and a close aide to Baghdadi who inadvertently brought up the issue of his death during an emotional sermon.
"... an' I exhort youse, brethren and sistern, to foller the example of our late, beloved leader..."
"Waitaminnit! Did you say 'late?'"
"Well. yeah, but what I meant wuz‐"

Update at 7:49 p.m. EDT:
Syrian Observatory says has "confirmed information" that IS chief killed
Show us the evidence, guys.
[AlAhram] The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights told Rooters on Tuesday that it had "confirmed information" that Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
(IS) leader His Supreme Immensity, Caliph of the Faithful and Galactic Overlord, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi
...formerly merely the head of ISIL and a veteran of the Bagram jailhouse. Looks like a new messiah to bajillions of Moslems, like just another dead-eyed mass murder to the rest of us...
has been killed.

Russia's defence ministry said it may have killed Baghdadi when one of its air strikes hit a gathering of IS krazed killer commanders on the outskirts of the Syrian city of Raqqa, but Washington said it could not corroborate the death and Western and Iraqi officials have been sceptical.

Rooters could not independently verify Baghdadi's death.

Baghdadi's death, which has been frequently reported since he declared a caliphate from a mosque in the Iraqi city of djinn-infested Mosul
... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn...
in 2014, is one of the biggest blows yet to IS, which is trying to defend shrinking territory in Syria and Iraq.
Posted by: Frank G 2017-07-11