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> But have so far offered no proof. Michael Georgy, Reuters special correspondent for the Middle East, is at a funeral for so-called martyrs killed whilst fighting Islamic State in the battle for the militant group's stronghold in Raqqa.>> Even military officials at this funeral are saying it doesn't really matter Baghdadi died or he was killed.
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The point is, they'll replace him with somebody else. The long term question is more important. That is, will they prevent Islamic State from morphing into a more radical group or waging an insurgency in Iraq or Syria? Will they provide jobs for young men so they don't join Islamic State?
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Those are the long term questions that really determine where there's stability in Iraq or Syria or other parts of the Middle East.>> US officials say they cannot confirm Baghdadi's death. Many regional officials have also poured cold water on Moscow's claims. Baghdadi has frequently been reported killed or wounded since he declared a caliphate in 2014.
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His death would be a major hammer blow for the militant group already losing ground in Iraq and Syria. On Wednesday the medieval mosque where Al-Baghdadi announced his Islamic State to the world was blown up. Iraqi forces blame militants for leveling the Mosul landmark as they tried to expel IS from the city.