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Jammu: The Islamic State (IS) terrorist group is attempting to gain a foothold in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) even as the terror infrastructure across the border was intact, a senior army officer said on Friday.

“Whatever inputs we have…Islamic State is definitely trying to gain a foothold in the area (PoK),” the General Officer Commanding (GoC), 16 Corps, Lt. General K.H. Singh, said on the sidelines of ‘Jhangar Day’ at Noushera in Rajouri district of Jammu and Kashmir.

The GoC also said that the terror infrastructure on the other side of border was intact and around 200 to 225 militants stationed at 36 launchpads across the Pir Panjal range were waiting to cross over to the Indian side.

“The terror infrastructure across the border is intact and training camps are still active,” Lt. General K.H. Singh said.

The comment comes days after a masked youth waved a flag of the international terror group during a rally organized by separatist group Ummati Islami to commemorate the death anniversary of separatist leader Qazi Nisar Ahmad in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district.

‘Jhangar Day’ is observed to commemorate the sacrifice of Brigadier Mohammad Usman, who was martyred during the 1947-48 operation in the Noushera sector.

Brigadier Usman played a pivotal role as commander of 50 Parachute Brigade, during the recapture of Jhangar and the battle of Nowshera, which earned him the titles of ‘Hero of Jhangar’ and ‘Saviour of Nowshera’.

He was posthumously awarded the Maha Vir Chakra. A memorial has been built at the very place in Jhangar where Brigadier Mohd Usman sacrificed his life during the Indo-Pak War of 1947-48. (IANS)

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The Son Of The Islamic State leader al-Baghdadi Dies: IS

Al-Baghdadi's fate is still unknown

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This image from video posted in July purports to show Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi delivering a sermon in Iraq, July 5, 2014. Islamic State media has announced the death of the leader's son.
This image from video posted in July purports to show Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi delivering a sermon in Iraq, July 5, 2014. Islamic State media has announced the death of the leader's son. VOA

The son of the Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has died in a suicide attack mission in the city of Homs in western Syria, according to the IS media al-Nashir News.

Posting the photograph of a young boy, purportedly Hudhayfah al-Badri, al-Baghdadi’s son, the outlet said he lost his life in an operation against the Russian forces deployed in Homs and the Syrian government forces, referred to as Nusayriyyah by IS.

“Hudhayfah al-Badri (may Allah accept him), the son of the Caliph (may Allah safeguard him), was killed in an inghimasi [suicide] operation against the Nusayriyyah and the Russians at the thermal power station in Homs Willayah,” the news outlet reported.

Inghimasi refers to suicide operations in which a fighter, clad with explosive belt and armed with regular weapons, attacks an enemy position before detonating himself to inflict as much damage on the enemy as possible.

The U.S. military said it has seen the reports of al-Badri’s death but declined any confirmation.

“It would be inappropriate for us to comment on an attack on forces outside the Coalition. We have nothing more to provide,” U.S. Central Command told VOA.

An Iraqi national, al-Baghdadi, whose real name is Ibrahim Awad al-Badri, announced the Islamic State caliphate in the city of Mosul in June 2014 and made himself its caliph. The leader has since become the world’s most wanted man, with a $25 million bounty on his head.

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Al-Baghdadi’s fate is still unknown, with various reports claiming his death and injury several times, including a claim by the Russian Defense Ministry that he might have been hit by a Russian airstrike in 2017.

Those claims have been rejected by U.S. officials and the whereabouts of the elusive leader remain unknown.

Al-Baghdadi’s infamous role in IS has put a spotlight on his family. In March 2014, al-Baghdadi’s wife, Sujidah al-Dulaimi, was released, along with her two sons and daughter, in exchange for 13 nuns taken captive by al-Qaida-linked al-Nusra Front militants.

Also read: Will the Latest Message From Islamic State Leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi Provoke New Attacks in the West?

It was reported that only the girl was al-Baghdadi’s daughter. The two boys belonged to a man his wife had married before meeting al-Baghdadi. (IANS)

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