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Injured Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi being treated in Syria

Injured Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi being treated in Syria

US officials confirmed to CNN on Monday that while Baghdadi's injuries were not considered life-threatening they did mean he has not been able to continue to command the daily operations of the group.

United States intelligence agencies have assessed with a high degree of confidence that the world's most wanted man was near Raqqa, Syria, when the missile struck, the officials said on Sunday.

"He is suffering from fractures and severe injuries in his leg and body that no longer allow him to walk unassisted".

Mr Al Basri said that Al Baghdadi, who also suffers from diabetes, is "living out his last days".

Anti-IS efforts are now focusing on the remaining pockets of territory controlled by IS in al-Jazeera region near the Syrian-Iraqi border, where both United States and Iraqi intelligence believe Baghdadi is most likely to be.

"We have irrefutable information and documents from sources within the terrorist organization that Baghdadi is still alive and hiding" in Syria's northeastern Jazira region, Iraqi intelligence chief Abu Ali al-Basri was quoted as saying by the government daily Al-Sabah on February 12. However, the raid is thought to have been carried out around May 28, the date of the airstrike with which the Russians claimed to have killed or wounded the ISIS leader.

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Baghdadi has been rumoured dead many times.

There had been persistent rumors of Baghdadi's death in recent months, and Russia's military previous year said it was seeking to verify whether he had killed in the May air strike.

In September, ISIS released a recording of Baghdadi, presumably to refute reports of his death.

Iraqi authorities last week published a list of "internationally wanted terrorist leaders" headed al-Baghdadi, who was born in 1971 under the name Ibrahim Awad Ibrahim Ali al-Badri al-Samarrai.

However it offered no evidence to back up the claim and it was questioned by U.S. officials at the time.

He said most of the group's most senior commanders had been killed, leaving the jihadist group without any real leadership.


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