US cannot prove IS chief is dead: Mattis

WashingtonU.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Friday that the United States could not prove that Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was dead. “If we knew, we would tell you. Right now I can’t confirm or deny it,” Mattis said. “Our approach is we assume that he’s alive until it is proven otherwise, and right now I can’t prove it otherwise,” Mattis added.—Reuters

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