Syria: UN envoy calls meeting with Assad 'constructive'

ISIS:'Baghdadi is dead', Al-Ahram cites Mosul inhabitants

11 November, 18:46

    Special envoy on Syria, Staffan de Mistura in Damascus Special envoy on Syria, Staffan de Mistura in Damascus

    (ANSAmed) - NEW YORK - UN envoy to Syria Staffan De Mistura had a series of ''useful and constructive'' meetings during a three-day visit to the country, including a lengthy talk with President Bashar Al-Assad, stated a UN press release on Tuesday.

    De Mistura called for the creation of ''freeze zones'' o suspend fighting in some areas including the northern city of Aleppo.

    The UN envoy also met with the Syrian foreign minister and his deputy who - as did Assad - agreed to continue consultations on the matter. His 'action plan' focuses on countering the threat posed by terrorism, a reduction in violence and assistance to the largest number of civilians possible.

    Also today Mosul inhabitants have told the Egyptian daily Al-Ahram in a telephone conversation that Islamic State (ISIS) leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi died in US-led airstrikes in the region straddling Iraq and Syria. The Arabic website of the daily states that he suffered head injuries and died a few hours later. No official confirmation has been received on the ISIS leader's death but reports have been appearing for days to this effect in international media. The anonymous sources quoted by Al-Ahram said that Baghdadi's successor had been selected but his name not yet revealed.

    Philip Breedlove, NATO's supreme allied commander in Europe, told ANSA on Tuesday that he could not confirm the reports. In responding to a question posed by ANSA to the Joint Forces Command Naples, the general said that he could not confirm the information and that NATO's intelligence services and other forces were monitoring the situation.

    Another Youtube video posted from the Nebras Al-Dawla website, believed to be linked to ISIS, meanwhile praised the decision of several jihadist groups to pledge allegiance to Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi as 'caliph' of Muslims. ''The alliance of Ansar Beit Al-Maqdis in Egypt and Ansar Al-Sharia in Libya and Yemen is a triple alliance unprecedented in the history of jihadist movements,'' it stated. (ANSAmed).

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