Thursday, 18 October, 2018

Al-Baghdadi wounded in airstrike near Raqqa in May

Iraqi displaced people flee their houses due to the fighting between Iraqi forces and Isil at the old city areas western Mosul Iraq Iraqi displaced people flee their houses due to the fighting between Iraqi forces and Isil at the old city areas western Mosul Iraq Credit EPA
Ellis Copeland | 15 February, 2018, 07:45

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the Islamic State group, was severely injured in an airstrike and is being treated at a medical facility in northeastern Syria.

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was reportedly left unable to walk due to "fractures to the bones and legs" that were likely caused as a result of previous airstrikes, said Abu Ali al-Basri, Director General of Iraq's Intelligence and Counter-terrorism Office at the Ministry of Interior.

The assessment seems to have been based on reports from IS detainees and refugees in Syria, although it is not clear who carried out the airstrike in question.

He added that Baghdadi was hiding in the Jazeera region, a desert area of the central...

There has been inconclusive evidence to prove whether Baghdadi is dead or alive, but several USA officials told CNN that reports from ISIS detainees and refugees in northern Syria placed the world's most wanted man near Raqqa when a missile struck in May. A character shrouded in mystery, making only one public appearance in 2014, Baghdadi's real name may be Ibrahim Awwad Ibrahim al-Badri, and he may have been born in 1971 in Samarra, an ancient Iraqi city in the so-called Sunni Triangle north of Baghdad.

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

In June, Russia claimed its jets may have taken out the leader of the world's most notorious terror organisation in a May 28 airstrike.

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

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.

There have been multiple reports of al-Baghdadi's death over the years that were later proven to be false.

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