ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi travels in east Syria with tight-knit group

Wednesday, 9 May 2018

ISIS group leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is hiding in eastern Syria and moves around with only a small group of followers, including one of his sons, an Iraqi intelligence official said Wednesday. ISIS retains territory in the desert plains along the Iraqi frontier despite losing the vast bulk of its cross-border “caliphate” to various military offensives. The senior Iraqi official said Baghdadi was in the Hajin, Shaddadi, Suwar and Markadah areas and “travels accompanied by four ...

Iraqi intelligence reveals where ISIS’s Baghdadi believed to be hiding

Tuesday, 8 May 2018

Iraqi officials speaking to Fox News on Sunday said that ISIS chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is still at large, and is being actively hunted.“The last information we have is he is in Al-Hajin in Syria, 18 miles from the border in Deir ez-Zor province,” Abu Ali al-Basri, director-general of the intelligence and counter-terrorism office at the Iraqi Ministry of Interior, told Fox News.According to Basri, reports of Baghdadi’s whereabouts are new, and being used to carry out a ...

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

Tuesday, 13 February 2018

An Iraqi interior ministry official said ISIS's head Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is alive and being treated at a field hospital in Syria after being wounded in an air strike. "We have irrefutable information and documents from sources within the terrorist organization that al-Baghdadi is still alive and hiding" in Syria's northeastern Jazira region, said intelligence and counterterrorism department head Abu Ali al-Basri, quoted today in the government daily As-Sabah. ISIS retains a ...

Hezbollah media unit: ISIS leader Baghdadi reported in Syrian town

Friday, 10 November 2017

A Hezbollah-run media unit said on Friday the ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was reported to have been in the Syrian town of Albu Kamal during the Syrian army and its allies’ operation to clear it. The military unit did not say what had happened to Baghdadi, give further details or identify its sources. The US-led coalition against ISIS said on Friday said it had no “releasable information” on Baghdadi’s whereabouts.    Syria’s army declares ...

Why has Baghdadi threatened the media and intellectual institutions?

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

In the wake of its several military losses recently —namely the loss of Sirte (in Libya) in December 2016, Ramadi in February 2016, and Mosul in July 2017 — ISIS has had to retreat to its stronghold in Raqqa in northern Syria. The group has also lost many of its high-ranking militants and hundreds of fighters have deserted its ranks.ISIS has lost the media war as well, which once supplied it with both financial and human resources. Ever since Baghdadi stepped on the pulpit of the ...

ISIS’s Baghdadi is ‘probably still alive’ despite Russian reports of his death

Friday, 1 September 2017

ISIS group leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi appears to be still alive, a top US military commander said Thursday, contradicting Russia's claims that it probably killed the top counterterror target months ago. "Do I believe he's alive? Yes," said Army Lt. Gen. Stephen Townsend, who commands the coalition forces fighting ISIS in Iraq and Syria, referring to al-Baghdadi. At first, Townsend said his belief stemmed from a lack of evidence he had seen — "rumor or otherwise" &mdash ...

Would Hazimis - the most violent, extremist group - replace ISIS?

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Researchers looking into the workings ISIS are of the opinion that once vanquished, its place would be taken by groups that are more violent and extremist. High on the list are the ‘Hazimis.’ In fact, many extremists have been communicating through the Telegram app, atoning for Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and claiming that he is responsible for the defeat of ISIS because of his leniency in implementing Shariaa law. The organization of the Hazimis gained its name from terrorist Ahmed ...

Syrian rights body has ‘confirmed information’ ISIS chief Baghdadi is dead

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights told Reuters on Tuesday that it had “confirmed information” that ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has been killed. Russia’s defense ministry said it may have killed Baghdadi when one of its air strikes hit a gathering of ISIS commanders on the outskirts of the Syrian city of Raqqa, but Washington said it could not corroborate the death and Western and Iraqi officials have been skeptical. Reuters could not independently verify ...

ISIS’s Baghdadi has ‘fled Mosul and left his fighters to die’

Saturday, 13 May 2017

An Iraqi counter-terror official has told Al that ISIS chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has fled Mosul and abandoned his soldiers, “leaving them to die.”General Maan al-Saadi said Baghdadi has fled to an unknown location and could be plotting further international attacks.Saadi said that ISIS has been majorly pushed back in Mosul and that the extremists “no longer feel they have a place” in the city following the liberation of many neighborhoods.In March, Baghdadi ...

Where is ISIS leader Baghdadi? The US isn’t quite sure

Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Believing that they were once close to tracking down the elusive leader, that feeling has now faded

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