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Trump says IS leader ‘killed in US operation’ in Syria

President Donald Trump announced on Sunday that fugitive Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi died in a raid by U.S. special forces in northwest Syria, in a major blow to the jihadist group. Baghdadi killed himself during the raid by igniting a suicide vest, Trump said in a televised address from the White House. Test results from the aftermath of the raid had positively identified Baghdadi, he said. “He was a sick and depraved man and now he’s gone,” Trump said. Baghdadi had long been sought by the United States,…

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How a TV program stopped a Ghanaian from joining IS

26-year old Yakubu Imoro as he wants to be called to protect his identity is from Northern Ghana. In 2015, just aged 22 he accepted to join the extremist group, Islamic State in Syria. His recruitment was done online via Facebook just after completing high school and unable to secure a job. Imoro revealed that he was promised an unspecified amount of money and accommodation if he were to join the group. Imoro said “You know at that time I was used to almost email, Yahoo and stuff. So the…

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