ISIS's Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is 'alive but wounded' in Syria hideout

Pauline Gross
February 15, 2018

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi can't seem to stay confirmed dead or alive, but the latest report is that the ISIS leqder was wounded near Raqqa during an airstrike in May past year and had to relinquish control of the terrorist group for awhile, sources told CNN.

USA officials confirmed to CNN on Monday that while Baghdadi's injuries were not considered life-threatening they did mean he has not been able to continue to command the daily operations of the group.

"We have information and documents from our sources deep within the body of the terrorist group stating that the criminal al-Baghdadi is still alive with the help of his collaborators, " Al-Basri said.

It's believed the airstrike occurred close to the date offered by the Russian military in June when they claimed to have killed or injured the ISIS chief. Basri added that the Daesh's leader had sustained injuries in "air raids against" the group's "strongholds in Iraq".

At the time, ISIS was about to lose control of the Iraqi city of Mosul and its so-called capital Raqqa had been almost encircled by US-backed forces.

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Russia's defence ministry has said it may have killed al-Baghdadi in one of its air raids on the outskirts of Syria's Raqqa, which was known as Islamic State's capital.

ISIS has since released various audio messages it claims to be of Baghdadi, most recently in September previous year which appeared to contain reference to news events that showed it had been recorded since the Russian claims of his death.

This is likely the location of al-Baghdadi, according to US intelligence officials.

He did not swear allegiance to the leader of the al-Qaeda franchise, Ayman al-Zawahiri, who had urged IS to focus on Iraq and leave Syria to al-Nusra.

There had been persistent rumors of Baghdadi's death in recent months, and Russia's military past year said it was seeking to verify whether he had killed in the May air strike.

Other reports by GizPress

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