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This photo taken from the Russian Defense Ministry official web site on Friday, June 16, 2017, claims to show an aerial image at left of the ISIS headquarters on May 13, 2017, and an aerial image taken on May 29, at right, showing the same site following the Russian airstrike on May 28, 2017 on the outskirts of Raqqa, Syria. The sign at right reads Airstrike, the target destroyed. The sign on bottom right says The date of airstrike is May 28, 2017. Russia says it is verifying whether it killed Baghdadi. (Russian Defense Ministry Press Service Photo via AP)

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Smoke rises from buildings following a reported air strike on a rebel-held area in the southern Syrian city of Daraa, on May 22, 2017. (AFP)

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Deir Ezzor airport, seen here in 2013, has been a key location for battles throughout the Syrian civil war/ AFP

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Syrian residents fleeing the eastern part of Aleppo gather in Masaken Hanano, a former rebel-held district which was retaken by the regime forces last week, on November 30, 2016 (AFP Photo/George OURFALIAN)

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Ashraf Rifi shows his ink-stained finger after casting his ballot at a polling station during Tripoli’s municipal elections, Lebanon, May 29, 2016. Reuters