The fate of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is still unknown ever since the start of the operation to liberate western Mosul.
While many reports point to his injury in the area of Qa’im, his whereabouts are still a mystery, some radical sites keep republishing his old speeches addressed to his supporters.
Al Arabiya spoke with sources inside Mosul, who stressed that the leaders of ISIS fled with their families from the right coast toward the desert. Second and third line leaders remained alongside with the ISIS foreign fighters.
As for Baghdadi, reports speculate that he has been spotted in a large parade featuring civilian cars and no armed men. The parade left to the heart of the desert.
Security sources claimed that the leader of ISIS visited Mosul three times, but had to change locations every hour. The security personnel didn’t carry any cellphones or technological means for fear of tracking and shelling the convoy.
It is likely that Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi fled to the desert, and there are several places he might have gone to:
*The first hideout: The desert of Nineveh from the west toward Syria and Raqqa.
*The second hideout: The Anbar desert in the direction of al Qa’im to the Jordanian borders, and then to the Nukhayb desert also on the Jordanian borders.
*The third hideout: The desert of west of Mosul toward Salaheddine to Matibijah between the province of Salaheddine and Diyala.