Iraqi intelligence: ISIS leader al-Baghdadi still alive, moved to Syria


Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi speaking in a mosque in Mosul after the group took over the city in June 2014. File photo

ARA News

The Islamic State’s (ISIS) supreme leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is still alive and has moved to Syria, the Iraqi intelligence reported on Monday.

The Iraqi military intelligence, known as Suqur al-Istikhbarat unit, said that the recent reports about al-Baghdadi’s death were inaccurate, stressing that he is still alive.

The ISIS caliph al-Baghdadi has recently moved to Syria after being injured in an airstrike by the US-led coalition in northwestern Iraq.

“The leader of terrorists al-Baghdadi has left Mosul. He is now based in Syria, moving across the ISIS-held areas near the Iraqi border,” the Iraqi intelligence said in a statement on Monday.

It also warned that some “Iraqi politicians” may be in contact with the ISIS leadership “to give the terror group a strategic opportunity to remain in control of some areas in northern Iraq.”

Reporting by: Salar Qasim | Source: ARA News

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