The leader of the state organization Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is alive and well, despite numerous news of his death, injury and inability to move. He is currently managing the transition from the Caliphate to a secret movement with a mission described by the Washington Post as “chilling.”
Al-Baghdadi began to prepare for his new project, the education of the new generation, immediately after the fall of Mosul and the beginning of the siege of Raqqa in order to preserve the principles of organization.
The former director of the US National Center for Combating Terrorism, Nicholas Rasmussen, said they had noticed that the leaders of the state organization, losing Mosul and Raqqa, were planning a new secret operation. “Even when they are driven out of their strongholds, they leave behind a kind of cell.”
Building a new generation
confirmed activist -zaam that it belongs to organization state contacted by the Washington Posta strategy for building new generation of organization, saying that alBaghdadi former university professor and other senior leaders organization decided from early period to make children and recruits education inside Iraq and Syria , and other online priority To the organization, adding that this task became more urgent when it became clear that the state of succession will not continue.
He explained that the leadership of the organization is certain that even if the Khilafah state disappears, its idea will not die if they succeed in influencing the next generation through education and whose values, under Baghdadi’s guidance, will remain in the nation and will not disappear.
The media reported at least six times since 2014 that al-Baghdadi was killed or seriously injured; it was said three times that he was killed in raids by Russian or US aircraft, and several other reports claimed that he was arrested in a gun attack by Syrian forces , where he was wounded and then died poisoned.
Live and Active
The American award of late 2016 to capture Baghdadi from $ 10 million to $ 25 million had caused a flood of alleged communications to be seen. Since then, there have been few reports of his movements and activities.
“All the indications are that al-Baghdadi is alive and is coordinating and helping to manage the organization,” said an anti-terrorism official who asked not to be identified.
US officials have recently expressed their conviction that Baghdadi survived after the fall of Mosul and Raqqa and is still active, but his whereabouts are uncertain, although they are likely to have pockets in Syria that are still under state control.
The newspaper said that in recent weeks seemed supposed less dangerous it for being region because Kurdish attack to regain villages controlled by state organization eastern Syria has stopped since beginning spring after forcing Kurdish forces to move to defend itself against Turkish attack area Afrin .
US and Middle Eastern intelligence officials say the truce in those villages allowed Baghdadi’s men to re-fortify and bring supplies. Small convoys of al-Qaeda fighters left Damascus neighborhoods to the east and south of Syria, passing vast areas of the desert safely through agreements with the Syrian government.