‘We’ll just try to kill him’: US vows to hunt Isis leader Baghdadi to the death

The leader of Islamic State, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, is probably still alive and hiding in the border area between Syria and Iraq, a senior US general has said.

As the Iraqi prime minister declared victory over Isis in the city of Tal Afar on Thursday, Lieutenant General Stephen Townsend told reporters that his forces were continuing the search for the elusive figurehead of the militant group.

“We’re looking for him every day. I don’t think he’s dead,” said Townsend, the commander of the counter-Isis coalition in Iraq and Syria.