Iraqi Official Says IS Leader Baghdadi Still Alive But In Ill

Iraqi Official Says IS Leader Baghdadi Still Alive But In Ill

Iraqi Official Says IS Leader Baghdadi Still Alive But In Ill

In June 2017, Russian Federation said it had probably killed Baghdadi in an air raid near Raqqa, but US officials said they believed the IS chief was still alive and hiding in eastern Syria's Euphrates River Valley.

U.S. intelligence agencies have assessed with a high degree of confidence that the world's most wanted man was near Raqqa, Syria, when the missile struck, the officials said on Sunday. Their assessment is based on reports from ISIS detainees and refugees in northern Syria, the officials added.

"He is suffering from fractures and severe injuries in his leg and body that no longer allow him to walk unassisted".

In June 2016, Turkish media reported that al-Baghdadi had been killed in a USA airstrike in Raqqa, Syria, but this was never confirmed.

Citing sources within the terrorist organisation, Basri told Iraqi news outlet Al-Sabah that Baghdadi is still alive and hiding in the Syrian region near Deir az-Zour with the help of his collaborators.

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

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The Iraqi official said that Al-Baghdadi, with a $25m United States bounty on his head - is now in Syria's Jazeera desert, west of Deir Az Zor.

Earlier, Russia had claimed that it killed the reclusive leader, who was not seen in public since declaring the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL)'s caliphate from the Iraqi city of Mosul in July 2014, in an air strike on a meeting of senior Isil commanders near Raqqa on May 28.

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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.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights released a statement claiming that three ISIS leaders had told the group that Baghdadi was dead, Time magazine reported.

Baghdadi and his fighters split with al-Qaeda and pursued an ultraviolent form of extremism that included bringing back slavery, engaging in genocide on non-Muslim minorities and Shia Muslims, and applying an extreme version of Islamic capital punishments, involving live immolation and mass beheading.

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