ISIS leader Baghdadi ‘alive in Syria but injured and no longer in control’

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the Islamic State, is still alive but injury and poor health has forced him to relinquish control of the terror group, according to an Iraqi intelligence chief and US officials.

Baghdadi is hiding out in the desert on the Syrian side of the Syria-Iraq border northeast of Deir Ezzor province, said Abu Ali al-Basri, director general of Iraq’s intelligence and counter-terrorism office at the ministry of interior.

“We have irrefutable information and documents from sources within the terrorist organisation that al-Baghdadi is still alive and hiding,” Mr Basri was quoted on Monday in the government daily As-Sabah.

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