The leader of so-called Islamic State, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, is alive and being treated by in a medical facility in northeastern Syria, according to the Iraqi government.
Al-Bagdadi, who has not been seen in public since 2014 when he declared a caliphate in Iraq’s Mosul at the height of Daesh’s territorial control, has sustained injuries to his legs.
Al-Sabah reported on Monday that intelligence and counter-terrorism chief of Iraq Abu Ali al-Basri said the militant leader is currently in Syrian border territory in the country’s desert east, near Iraq.
“We have information and documents from sources within the terrorist organization,” Basri said.
“Baghdadi is still alive and hiding the in Syrian region [west of Deir al-Zor] with the help of his collaborators.”
More details to follow. With files from Berning Media Network. Image of desert from Sergej Marsnjek.