the islamic state (is) group chief abu bakr al- baghdadi is stil alive and leading the terrorist group, despite repeated efforts by the us-led coalition to take out the militant group leader, the pentagon on friday said. baghdadi has kept a low profile, despite having declared himself the leader of a renewed muslim caliphate, but last month released a defiant audio message urging his supporters to defend the northern iraqi city of mosul. it is, however, not clear whether the isis chief is in mosul or not where the us-backed iraqi army is battling the isis militants to retake the major city, which is a stronghold of the terrorist group. “we do think baghdadi is alive and is stil leading isil and we are obviously doing everything we can to track his movements,” pentagon spokesman peter cook told cnn. “if we get the opportunity, we certainly would take advantage of any opportunity to deliver him the justice he deserves,” he said. “we’re doing everything we can. this is something we’re spending a lot of time on.” the united states more than doubled the bounty on baghdadi earlier this month to $25 million. the reward on the isis chief has placed him in the category, which has only one other occupant, the leader of al-qeda ayman al-zawahiri.