> Reports Tuesday morning that the leader of ISIS is dead. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a non-governmental monitoring group, telling Reuters it has confirmed information that Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who once called himself caliph of a new nation, was killed in airstrikes in the Syrian city of Raqqa.
The Pentagon saying it is unable to confirm reports of Baghdadi's death. The ISIS leader's death has been reported before Russia's Defense Ministry said in June its warplanes may have killed Baghdadi, but the Observatory has a track record of credible reporting on Syria's civil war. The reports coming as Iraqi troops celebrate their victory over ISIS in Mosul and and as some 72 nations in the coalition against Islamic State meet in Washington this week where Reuters foreign affairs correspondent Warren Strobel says the focus now turns to life after ISIS.
>> This meeting is coming right on the heels of the collapse of Islamic State's control of Mosul and the 72 nations will map out the next stages in the ongoing campaign against Islamic State. The military part of it isn't finished yet but they're also going to discuss stabilization, how to continue to counteract Islamic State's propoganda, how to crack down on foreign terrorists fighting.
>> But Strobel says the mood in Washington this week will be anything but complacent.>> So the concern is that unless areas are stabilized, unless there's a political system that's drawn up, unless long term rebuilding takes place, that you'll have continued tensions and uncertainty that could lead to yet another round of warfare.
>> To avoid repeating the past, US officials and diplomats say the burning question now is whether America First President Donald Trump supports reconstruction efforts in devastated areas of Iraq and Syria.